By Farmer Erin Flynn
This is the time of year to plant trees. Getting them in the ground now gives roots the time needed to mature before the stress of summer. But what should you plant?
If you’re unsure, you’re not alone. Every week our farm hosts volunteers, most of whom have never gardened or are newly arrived to Central Texas. We explain to them the importance of choosing native, hearty trees like jujubes and loquats and to consider varieties with useful traits like the crunchy Keiffer pear that can be stored for months.
Planting a tree is easy. Keeping it alive is the challenge. A couple weeks after February’s killing Polar Vortex we planted an orchard of 60 fruit trees at our historic east Austin farm. A large group of volunteers - mostly residents of Village Farm, the new Tiny Home agrihood around our farm — helped dig holes amended with rock phosphate and Azomite (trace minerals) for trees we sourced from Womack Nursery. Normally we wouldn’t plant that late in the year, but given weather challenges and tree shortages, we hoped for the best. The good news is that more than two-thirds of the trees survived.
**You can sponsor a tree at our River Farm by clicking** [**here**](https://greengatefarms.net/product/sponsor-a-tree-on-the-farm)**.** When you do, we’ll plant and tag it with your name so you can visit and give your tree encouragement as it grows.
Give us a shout if you’d like to join in our next round of planting, email@example.com.
Tree Resources We Like
- LBJ Wildflower Center
- Arbor Foundation
- The Natural Gardener
- Hill Country Natives
- Womack Trees
- Milberg Farms (he sells rare Haupt Figs)
- *The Wholistic Orchard* by Michael Phillips
*NOTE from Treefolks: If you own streamside land with minimal canopy cover in eastern Travis County and are interested in having your land reforested at no charge to you, contact us about our Travis County Floodplain Reforestation Program.*