What you MUST KNOW on How to Start an Orchard & Grow Your Own Fruit

What you MUST KNOW on How to Start an Orchard & Grow Your Own Fruit

What you must know on how to start an orchard to grow your own fruit and berries at home, which type of fruit trees will produce fruit in YOUR climate, what you need to know about cross-pollinating and self-pollinating varieties, as part of the 2020 Homesteaders of America “GROW YOUR OWN FOOD” Youtube Collaboration (find all the videos in this playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLibir7V_bZOHFIuxfYm_H5aBz0ydcRTVR )

The Family Garden Plan (how much to plant of each fruit & berry type per person for a year’s worth of food) https://melissaknorris.com/familygardenplan/

List of self-pollinating and cross-pollinating fruit & berries https://melissaknorris.com/whenandhowtoplantfruittrees/

How to Prune Apple Trees https://youtu.be/Jlcb4Ie7TSA

How to Prune a Blueberry Bush for a Larger Harvest https://youtu.be/Lj2TP5YxOyI

How to Plant Raspberries – Soil Prep, Growing & Caring for your Raspberry Plants https://youtu.be/aGIyGVwkR6E

How to Treat Fruit Trees Organically: When to Spray for Disease https://melissaknorris.com/how-to-treat-fruit-trees-organically/

How Many Fruit & Berry Plants Per Person https://melissaknorris.com/how-many-fruit-berry-plants-per-person/


Saturday Intro + How to Start Your Garden with Homesteaders of America


Growing Berries (COMMON SENSE HOME)

How to Start an Orchard (MELISSA K. NORRIS)

How to make butter (THE PRAIRIE HOMESTEAD)

How to raise beef cattle (VW FAMILY FARMS)

How to Direct Sow Carrots and Other Root Vegetables (AMY FEWELL)


  1. Monica Rodhouse on October 13, 2021 at 9:01 am

    We moved into a property that has two apple trees. They have not given me fruit that I can use to identify the variety. But I want to make sure they can cross pollinate, and buy another one this spring if needed. How can I find out what variety they are? Also, we have a crab apple about an acre away. Is that close enough to pollinate?

  2. Stefan Sobkowiak - The Permaculture Orchard on October 13, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Well done Melissa, great explanations on what could be a very confusing topic.

  3. Jennifer Jennings on October 13, 2021 at 9:02 am

    I started a mini orchard last year. Plan on adding more fruit trees. I pruned them for the 1st time and that was successful because I watched your video on pruning. Thanks for all the great infomation .

  4. Susannah_HB on October 13, 2021 at 9:02 am

    So much info I didn’t know, you are an amazing person. I’m glad you decided to share your knowledge, in my eyes you’re a savior.
    Thank you!

  5. Rose Felton on October 13, 2021 at 9:07 am

    I am wanting to put in some fruit trees this year. Our ground is so rocky we can’t dig in it so have put in raised beds for the garden. I am thinking of doing the same thing for some dwarf trees. How far apart do you think I should plant them.

  6. Pam Galloway on October 13, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Thanks. I absolutely appreciate the video and information. Pammie from Chicago Illinois

  7. NeverMetTheGuy on October 13, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Just ordered your book, and it’ll be here in the next few days; apparently your book is essential.

    * Smilie face. *

  8. Crystal Chili on October 13, 2021 at 9:14 am

    I just started my mini orchard. Have an apple tree and rainier cherry tree (which I’m soooooo excited for). I love that you are in the NW.

  9. Lyn Cordell on October 13, 2021 at 9:14 am

    What a million dollar view of the mountainside. You’re blessed abundantly.

  10. Allen Caruthers on October 13, 2021 at 9:15 am

    I’m still trying to figure out why my apple trees and peach tree will flower, but I have 3 cherry trees that wont even flower and goes straight to leafing out. I’m stumped. All those trees were planted 3 yrs ago at the same time and in the same area of my property. Zone 5, central Iowa. Any ideas? I know they will take a while produce fruit, but, they should at least flower.

  11. Nae W on October 13, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Wonderful information!! 😍🍎🍊🍒🍇😀

  12. GoHighLevel Queen on October 13, 2021 at 9:19 am

    How do you keep deer from eating your orchard?

  13. naronbradli on October 13, 2021 at 9:24 am

    I also live in Washington state and we are curious about starting an orchard on our property. Where did you purchase your fruit trees ? Local or online ?

  14. Sheila Fade on October 13, 2021 at 9:24 am

    I love my fruit trees and they are just beginning to fruit

  15. Stubbs Homestead on October 13, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Awesome video with a lot of good info

  16. Kathy Lusk on October 13, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Great advice 👍

  17. Julian on October 13, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Love them curls!!!…😍😍😍

  18. bekahinrio on October 13, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Thank you so much Melissa! We’ve been talking about putting in some fruit trees for years but have never done it because of lack of knowledge. This year’s the year!

  19. Andrea on October 13, 2021 at 9:31 am

    This was perfect for me Melissa – I am going back to re-read that section in your book so that I can take care of my blueberry and 2 elderberries until we are able to build and move to new home. GREAT video with well laid out information 🙂

  20. Reagan Law on October 13, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Sounds like I need a crabapple tree, is there a variety that grows well in south texas that has fruit also? What is better about white flower over pink?

  21. Roy TheRunningAndLifeCoach on October 13, 2021 at 9:38 am

    I have a dwarf pear trees … two of them … in upper midwest … what kind of pear tree would be good to plant near them?

  22. Forest Shipps on October 13, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Great video, Thank you!

  23. wc gamer on October 13, 2021 at 9:41 am

    If you love apples, try a Goldrush 😋

  24. Cliff on October 13, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Very helpful, getting ready to plant some apple trees

  25. Logan Turner on October 13, 2021 at 9:48 am

    I want to buy your manual. Could send the link for purchase? Thank you.

  26. Terri Stauffer on October 13, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Great info, especially on needing 2 different varieties. The lady at the nursery told us you need 2 pawpaw trees to produce fruit. She forget to mention 2 different pawpaw trees, found out later and by then they were sold out. Still waiting for them to come in this year. I did get 2 fruit cocktail trees this year, one with plums and peaches and the other different varieties of apples.

  27. Wild Cascadia Radio on October 13, 2021 at 9:50 am

    You are amazing!

  28. Paul J. on October 13, 2021 at 9:51 am

    I’m interested in trying apple cordons. I know those require spur-bearing varieties, but I can’t find a good resource for a list of spur-bearing varieties. It’s even difficult to find that info for a specific variety at times. Do you know of any resources where I can find that?

  29. Helen Friesen on October 13, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Do you have any information on Paw Paw trees? They are a native tree in southern Ontario,and I have not been able to grow fruit consistently, due to pollinating issues. I would appreciate any advise.

  30. Rx - Pert on October 13, 2021 at 9:53 am

    How much do apples and pears sell for?
    Who buys them?

  31. Steve on October 13, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Very informative. Thank you, Melissa! <3

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