Orchard Meades Landing 2008 Oldham County

People frequently say “I’ll plant chestnut for my grandchildren” thinking they’ll never enjoy the bounty and beauty of this great forest tree.  But in five years you can transform a site to an orchard. Chestnut takes five to seven years of intensive care — and it is well worth it.

This orchard was one of the first Orchards in the Louisville area, and was planted on Crider Silt Loam.   The soil is well drained, non-compacted, and deep; chestnut has grown very well.  The first picture is 2009. The second one in 2012.

This slide show includes images of several stages and challenges in achieving the end result.  In 2013, the orchard will be the year that we inoculate the tree to test and select for blight resistance.  This will be the last lush year.

Lynne Rieske-Kinney and Her Students Search out Gall Wasps

Lynne Rieske-Kinney and Her Students Search out Gall Wasps