Have you ever dreamed of owning your own fruit orchard? Does the idea of fresh picked apples and figs daily entice you? I can guarantee you will love will owning your own fruit orchard and as intimidating as it sounds, orchards aren’t limited to wide acres of lands; millions of home gardeners are turning their backyards into orchards. Being a South Carolina native, I am used to hot summers and cool Georgia peaches, but the idea of picking my own peaches from my own peach trees sounds like a dream come true. So I began digging deep (pun intended) into the world of fruit trees and the people who grow them and I decided I to plan out my own backyard orchard! South Carolina has very hot humid summers and mild winters so my only problem is narrowing down which fruit I really would like to grow. My back yard is .25 of an acre, I can use half of that space and still grow. You can use even less space for your fruit trees and narrow down your favorites to about 4 trees. My fruit choices are lemon, orange, apple, peach, cherry and fig. To get started on your backyard orchard, make sure you have a space in your backyard that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight with well-drained, fertile soil. Allow 10 to 15 feet between each fruit tree you plant and while digging your hole remove a space nearly twice the width and depth of the roots. Research your area to determine what fruit will grow best in your climate and soon you’ll be apple picking in your own backyard.