How to Restore an Old Apple Tree

 In food-forests, grow-food, Orchard Planting

This post is an attempt to simplify our previous post on soil tests,
and to provide an easy-to-follow recipe to restore an old fruit tree.

1. A Soil test is taken and the results are similar to this soil test.

2. The Tree is about 20ft wide (20ft Diameter), so about 300sq ft.

3. It is an old apple tree or a fruit/nut tree with similar fertility requirements

Abundance Recipe:

  • 2 Buckets of Great Compost (Composted Cow Manure, Sea Soil, Earthbank, or Johnson Su)
  • 2-3 Buckets of Agricultural Lime for Slow Release of Calcium
  • 1/2 Bucket of Rock Phosphate for Slow Release of Phosphorus
  • 2 Cups of Dolomite Lime for Magnesium
  • 15 Cups of Gypsum for Sulfur
  • 10 Cups of Kelp Meal for Boron & Trace Elements
    • (OR) 4tbspoon to 1 Bucket of Water Foliar Sprayed.
  • 20 Cups of Fish Bone Meal for Available Phosphorus, Calcium
  • 2 Bales of Hay for mulch to retain moisture
  • 1 Wheelbarrow of Mixed Woodchips for mulch

Notes: *Bucket refers to a “Five Gallon Bucket”. A Bucket is 80 Cups.

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Nigel Kay
I grow food, plant trees, maintain orchards, and design ecosystems that help families become healthier and happier.
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