I’m a newbie but I’ve been following and reading for a year or so. I LOVE this forum. Thank you for making it such a place of rich knowledge and insight.
We live in the western Chicago suburbs, zone 5b.
We are hoping to plant some fruit trees this spring (1-3 apples, a cherry, pear, peach, others?). We have enough room for 5-6.
I was hoping to do a soil test sooner, but the ground has been frozen and I fear that most soil labs are shut down now. Any suggestions on where or how to do a soil test now?
In case you have interest, I was planning to order from Stark Bros:
Braeburn dwarf or semi dwarf
Cox’s Orange Pippin dwarf
Asian pear dwarf
Redhaven peach standard,
Stark Surecrop Pie dwarf
I’ll take any and all suggestions on type and variety, too.