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Hello y'all...we just bought a house in Zone 7 and I want to get my dream garden going...a little bit at a time.

I am going to get fruit trees started...we were thinking cherry, peach and apple.

Anyone got any experience here? Our yard isn't too large but there are lots of surrounding farms that I figure we can get some pollination action from. Is that faulty thinking?


Also, i was thinking of putting a root cellar in my basement. But it's partially finished. There are cellar doors that lead down into it and i was thining of building a wall across it (effectively sealing the exit) and using the doors from the outside to access it when needed. The steps down are wooden and can be removed. I was just gonnna put in a smaller set of stairs and some shelves. Do you think that would work...or do you think that the heat from the finished portion of the basement would effect storage? To note...the finished portion of the basement is not adjacent to the cellar door. It is adjacent to the utilities portion of the basement which is not "heated" but still warmer than an unheated basement would be.

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Hello y'all...we just bought a house in Zone 7 and I want to get my dream garden going...a little bit at a time.

I am going to get fruit trees started...we were thinking cherry, peach and apple.

Anyone got any experience here? Our yard isn't too large but there are lots of surrounding farms that I figure we can get some pollination action from. Is that faulty thinking?


Also, i was thinking of putting a root cellar in my basement. But it's partially finished. There are cellar doors that lead down into it and i was thining of building a wall across it (effectively sealing the exit) and using the doors from the outside to access it when needed. The steps down are wooden and can be removed. I was just gonnna put in a smaller set of stairs and some shelves. Do you think that would work...or do you think that the heat from the finished portion of the basement would effect storage? To note...the finished portion of the basement is not adjacent to the cellar door. It is adjacent to the utilities portion of the basement which is not "heated" but still warmer than an unheated basement would be.

Yes, that should work, especially if you can open that door for ventilation. Ideally, though, your root cellar should face north to catch the cold northern winds during the winter. I would be a little worried that your cellar area is close to the utilities. Our furnace room is quite warm, and would not be a good place to store food. Our basement is partially finished and heated, however the root cellar is original to the house and completely separate from the rest of the basement, so warm air leaking into the cellar isn't a problem.
The key to a successful root cellar is being able to keep the temperature steady (hovering around 40F) and about 80% humidity (another challenge if your cellar is too close to the furnace)

And just one more tip....you said you want to grow fruit. You'll need a "fruit cellar" and a root cellar if you want to store both fruits and veggies. They cannot be stored together-or else everything will rot.
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