Most bare root fruit trees can take up to 5 years to produce. When Daley Landscape, Inc. planted bare root fruit trees as part of an edible landscape, it was no surprise the trees produced within the first year.
Begin with excellent stock and be sure the soil is well prepared. The soil did not require amendment as it had been nourished over time. For years leaves were raked under the existing trees. By the time the old trees were replaced with the bare root fruit trees, the soil was ready.
Fruit trees provide food, shade and cooling in summer. By autumn they drop their leaves which provide nourishment to the soil. Even if leaves are from other trees, Daley Landscape, Inc. says keep the leaves.
Rake leaves around the base of the tree; keep them less than one foot off the base of the trunk. If leaves are really large, mulch them and spread them under plants in the edible garden. Leaves work best under the tree from which they fall and they help the edible landscape by providing nutrient rich soil; encouraging optimum root growth.
When there is an abundance of leaves, create a compost pile. Mix the leaves with grass clippings, yard waste, and greens. Add a little water. Be sure to turn the compost pile to enhance decomposition. By spring the compost will be ready to use in your edible garden.