Selecting Fruit Trees
We are putting in an orchard this spring and I have a few questions. Here are the types of trees we'd like to plant (these are the ones we buy every year to can, dry, or eat fresh so they make the most sense to plant.)
Apples (3 trees) we buy about 6 20# boxes of Fuji per year
Peaches (2 trees) we buy about 300 lbs Elberta to can each year
Nectarines (2 trees) we by about 150 lbs to can
Pears (4 trees) we buy about 300 lbs Bartlett to can and dry
Apricot (1 tree) we like to dry these and eat fresh
Cherry (1 tree) We like Rainier or Royal Ann
Carmine Jewel Cherry bush?
Anyone have any specific suggestions on good varieties for Eastern Oregon in a zone 5? (garden web says we are zone 6 but as long as I can remember this area has been zone 5) We have nice deep soil that grows a bountiful hay crop each year, we have water rights so water is not a problem either. The land is gently sloping with good drainage.
We do have several potential problems #1 is that all poplar and cotton wood trees in the immediate area have been affected by a poplar borer. We have cut down all affected trees but we do need to keep this in mind for any future trees we plant....no more poplar or cotton woods for sure.:) #2 we have a large population of deer in the area. So what height fence do you recommend and is electric fence a good option? Our garden will be surrounded by a 6' fence comprised of 2x4 inch mesh fence and a top wire of electric so we could do the same in the orchard but the expense would be an issue.
Help is appreciated! Oh and also we are looking for a reliable place to order from. We have looked into Stark Bros. (the trees seem smaller?), Willis Orchards (we have spoken with them and they've been helpful) we like the size choices from Willis.