elle sagenev wrote:Not sure about your climate specifically but I'm in 5a and I can't get pears to grow to save my life.
David Baillie wrote:Where abouts in ontario I'm somewhere between zone 3 and 4 near Bancroft.
Jess Dee wrote:
To the OP, Mikey - what are you using chicken wire for? We've found it is so fragile that it is basically useless, and needs near-constant replacing or repair. For keeping chickens contained, even plastic snow fence is sturdier. For actual coops/corrals/chicken runs, I would recommend much heavier fencing that you can also use to keep in (or out!) other types of animals. Our chicken run is designed to hold goats in, which is probably overkill, but it sure was handy when we needed a place to quarantine a goat. It has also kept a determined dog out, not to mention the wildlife.
Jess Dee wrote:I would personally start basically two of each type of fruit tree you want, right off the bat - they take for-ev-er to produce fruit. To your two apples and two pears, if you have the space, I would add a couple of plums, peaches, and sweet cherries (and I gotta say, I'm a bit jealous of your ability to grow peaches and sweet cherries!).
Jess Dee wrote:Regarding equipment, I'd say wait and buy it as you need it, especially if you are planning on buying it new anyhow. It's easy to get loaded up on tools, and find out they aren't the tools you really needed. The things we use the most at our place are shovels, spades, pruning shears, and a bow saw; your situation might be totally different. I have a good collection of nearly-new tools that I thought I would need, but really didn't. Of course, if you can snag something on a great deal at a yard sale, that's a completely different story.