BTW Before I planted anything I would look at the drainage issue and see what I could do to keep my backyard from being underwater. You could simply need to look at the ditching or natural drainage for the area and see if there is a dam or restricted area causing water to back up in heavy rains. Of course there are a lot of other things to do or consider including that it simply has been a wet year and what you have experienced is not normal so nothing to worry about. Whatever you find out and decide to do I would do before planting even if it means building up the yard/property over a period of years.
IF not, maybe you could dig a deep pond in the lowest wettest area, that will help to drain the water away from the higher and drier areas..
you can use the fill you remove from the pond to build up an area, preferably north of the pond if possible or west, and then use the top soil on top of that..and grow your fruit trees there, on the north or west bank above your pond..
I have done that here, used to be our water table was about a foot below the surface..but we have used a lot of fill and pond work to build up drier areas..see blog
also we had one area that was super well drained, never had any standing water on it..the food forest garden baby is planted there now..and I have put a few lower hugel beds in there too, but hope to build a few up higher this year.
Peter K. wrote:
I've got clay but not the standing water issues due to good surface drainage. For the clay you need to dig a hole much larger than you would normally and add organic matter and sand if you have it to make it easier for the three roots to grow and become established. If I had drainage issues I would raise the area I was planting the tree by making a mound (if necessary haul in soil) this year and planting a ground cover to prevent it from washing down and then next year plant the tree. A raised bed will serve the same purpous but personally I prefer the look of a mound as it is more natural than a formal bed. That said I have never faced both clay and drainage issues together.
Be sure that you build a high mound, because the hole you make in clay will fill up like a bucket and drown any plant unfortunate enough to be planted too low.
I have often wondered about the value of hugelcultur in wet settings. In wetlands I frequently see dry-land plants like sword fern and salal quite happily living on a log in the middle of a beaver pond.
with reference to these trees they are about 3 years old id guess and i planted them in a wooded spot that will eventually be de-wooded. does anyone think it matters if i wait a year before i get around to "releasing" them? would they benefit or be harmed from shade this year. cherries, peach, plum, apricot, i think all the persimmon have been eaten by bears coyote and deer