Planting Apple Cider Trees

Planting Apple Trees

Planting Apple cider trees and other fruit trees at Glenbernie Orchard at Darkes Forest must start somewhere! Glenbernie Orchard is so close to Sydney, only 50mins drive from Sydney Airport but we can grow sensational apples because we have a great little micro-climate. We make our cider from our apples grown on our fourth generation family farm. We thought we’d show you a little pictorial of some of the steps we take at Glenbernie Orchard to plant our apple trees.

We can graft old trees to change varieties but at other times we choose to buy baby trees grown by a nursery.  We need to prepare the land before the baby trees arrive. A lot of work goes into preparing the soil before planting the apple trees.  In these pictures you will see the boys working hard at adding compost to the soil. Working on an orchard can be pretty hard work.  The apple trees are being transported by our trusty ute and then when we get them back to our farm we plant! Overseen of course by our trusty Howler! Always on guard. Glenbernie Orchard is the home of Darkes Cider. The apples that go into the cider are grown at Glenbernie Orchard.

Spreading Compost

Preparing the Soil- Spreading Compost

Measuring out tree spacings

Measuring out tree spacings

Planting baby trees

Planting baby trees

Howler On Guard!

Planting apple cider trees – Howler On Guard!