With the support of Franklin and Betty Garland of Garland Truffles in Hillsborough, NC, we established a small demonstration/research orchard at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC. Here is a quick overview of what we did and how it looks.
In October 2009, we started preparing the soil; opening up the beds where we planned to plant our trees.
We overwintered the inoculated filbert trees in an unheated greenhouse.
In mid-March 2010, we applied fertilizer and lime, tilled it into the beds and laid landscape fabric over the beds (actually, silt fencing).
We planted the trees on April 15.
Drip-tape was laid on top of the landscape fabric.
This is what the orchard looked like in late June.
This is what it looked like in mid-August.
And this is how it looked in late fall.
In spring, we will inspect the trees for insects and diseases and apply more lime to the soil.
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