Any hope for this beginner
Hi Folks. I've spent countless hours perusing the fruit tree forum, and as much as I enjoy it, I always end up being reminded how far behind the rest of you I am, how little I know, and wondering if I'll ever be able to actually grow fruit. My question is: Can anyone suggest any websites, books, or other resources that are at a more novice/beginner level to help someone like me with almost no knowledge of fruit trees learn how to manage them? Even the publications by my state university/extension office assumed knowledge I just don't have. You see, I've been a city boy all my life. 2 years ago I bought a little place in the country and like an idiot, I rushed out and bought and planted cherry (sweet & sour), apple, pear, peach, plum, and fig trees. The good news is I've managed to keep them alive and they have grown so next year I'll have 3 year old trees. The bad news is many of them have problems and since a little fruit might even be possible next year, I know I need to be starting pest and disease control. But I'm hopelessly lost and desperately need some clear, beginner level instructions with when to spray and what to spray. For example, my peach trees grew great for a few weeks, then all the tips would die (OFM?). I'm not expecting anyone to type up a response thorough enough to tell me what to do to all these kinds of trees and when to do it....but I am darn sure hoping someone can tell me where to go to learn that kind of thing. And yes, before you all say it....I certainly should have done more research before buying and planting 10 different kinds of fruit trees (total of 20...usually just planted a tree and a similar pollinator). Thanks.
Oh....I'm in middle Tennessee near Nashville.