We bought some land about 2 miles north of Silver Falls State Park on Hwy 214 & would like to plant a small fruit/nut/berry orchard, but we're total amateurs! While we haven't had any soil testing done, it feels nice and spongy under the feet. We're at an altitude of 1500 - 1800 ft, depending on location on the property), and have mostly a level to south & SE facing aspect land, with plenty of water to be had, even for irrigation for a few years if need be to get everything started out well.
We would like to plant a wide variety of fruits, nuts & berries, and also have varieties that ripen at different times to spread our harvest out as far as possible over the year. We found a chart for California with info about this (which fruits/cultivars ripen when, etc) but wonder if you have one for our area? Fruits & nuts we love include: apples, plums, pears, peaches, figs, cherries, walnuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts, oaks (for acorns for pigs and possibly flour!), blue berries, thornless black berries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.
We have so many questions, like: what are the best root stocks as well as cultivars for our area? When is the best time to plant? Is there a source for much smaller trees so that we can afford to buy and plant more tree, even though that could mean we'll lose more?
Any and all information or resources you can provide us would be most gratefully appreciated!
Oz & Carole