Last year I planted about 15 fruit trees, apples pears & plums.
I was busy working on erosion stuff & more focussed on fine sands than on building bigger better fences.
So I watered the fruit trees every single day when it got hot, and the deer stripped every single leaf off, about once a week. All summer long.
I was really pleased that about 2/3 of the non-Jonathan's made it and started putting out shoots a few weeks ago. All the Jonathan's died.
I told myself that the roots were growing even if the tops were being stunted.
Anyway, now I'm putting my energy into making their grow space deer resistant and pig resistant. One of my neighbors leaves his fence gate open and his pigs run around the country road like moving speed bumps. Last time this happened they got into another neighbor's garden. I was going to wire 1 inch diameter tree branches on the bottom area.
I want the chickens to be able to get to the tree ... very symbiotic. They eat worms and poop more fertilizer.
I think if I give them as much TLC this year as I gave my outdoor Pot plants last year, they will do well.
I never got around to posting pics of my 2017 grow. There was a week of rain in August so I put some 6 mil film over the plants and gave them about 4 pounds of CO2 a day, moving in that wind tunnel at about 3 miles per hour.
They kind of seemed to like that.
That nearest plant with the bud pressing into the roof, is a Bay Dream x Apollo 11.