We created our first meadow orchard at the KitzLein country house in 2014. About 4,000 square meters were available here. The prospect of being able to harvest large quantities of dessert fruit ourselves at some point is very tempting. We know, however, that due to our altitude and climate, we don't have the best prospects. It is still worth a try.
Orchards with tall-stemmed trunks provide habitat for up to 5,000 insect species. Many bird species depend on these tall-stemmed trunks as a habitat. Meadows orchards are hard to beat in terms of biodiversity in this country. There are also many old cultivars that are endangered. This is why we’ve planted 20 fruit trees from the Slow Food Ark of Taste, such as the Stuttgart Gaishirtle and the champagne roast pear.
Time will teach us what grows.