As many of you are aware we can pick up some deals on orchard plants this time of year ranging from $3- $10 each. Kansas has an excess of plants right now due to 6 “ or less of rainfall in my part of the state for the yearly total. Question is what do you water and fertilize these plants with? My solution is to reuse the grey water from dishes Etc. to water my new seaberries. I’m saving kitchen compost to top dress them when I plant them out later. Right now water and fertilizer are both very limited. Using chemical fertilizer when I plant these out is not an option because it causes high growth which causes plant damage during winter.
If your not familiar with the seaberry, where I got the plants etc see this thread Sea Buckthorn Juice and there is more valuable seaberry information in this thread Seaberry. I will try and use these seaberries at my farm later as no spray fruits that fix nitrogen Non traditional Orchard methods similar to how I use autumn olives Planning on a big autumn olive harvest and buffalo berries. I use cover crops that fix nitrogen Cover crop and mulch recommendations and whenever possible fruiting shrubs that fix nitrogen. Once this type of nitrogen fixing system is started very little or no input is needed.