Thank y'all so much for your help with my little tree project! I ordered the trees on friday, so here's the rundown:
I cashed out $80 in LTC after coinbase fees. I was waiting for it to get up to $90, but crypto just keeps falling, so I cashed out before it hit $70 lol
Because of shipping costs, I opted to buy trees from a different supplier, one that still has a good reputation and grows in a similar climate to me. If I'd gone with the original supplier, I'd have only been able to get four trees. Instead I was able to get eight!
TyTy in Georgia even had a 5% off coupon for a $60 minimum order. So that saved a few bucks to where I could add an extra native persimmon tree! The total was two pink lady apple trees (Melissa's favorite apple), two red Haven peach trees (it's the south: you can't have too many peaches), and four native persimmons! Understory trees, as @bobbydimitrov pointed out that my overstory is plenty populated with my oaks and pines, and the two baby pecans will join them soon enough. SO. MANY. TREES.
I considered getting blueberries, but went with the persimmon trees because they were more affordable; I'd only have been able to get three blueberry bushes, and they've had trouble here the last time I tried to plant them.
Now that I'll have nearly 40 trees here, I'm going to switch my perennial focus. MOAR STRAWBERRIES! Herbs, strawberries, some kind of bushes (likely allagheny chinquapins), and vines (probably muscadines)! There's a lot to do, and plenty of space to do it.
I don't know when the trees will arrive. The nursery emailed me soon after ordering to let me know that they've had a wet fall and are having trouble harvesting the trees. I told them not to rush and to take as long as the trees and soil needed. More updates to come as information arrives! Thank you all!!!
Not counting volunteer mulberries, seedling oaks, or any new plum suckers, our tree totals are as follows:
1 red oak
2 apples (plus 3 apple seedlings)
These trees will bring us to 44 trees on our little half acre. 47 if the apple seedlings survive. Over 70 if the seeds I planted all sprout and live. I'll be adding some more elderberry trees in the spring while I plan for bushes, herbs, and vines as mentioned. I'm also prepping beds for annuals, which will focus mainly on okra, green beans, corn, and grains for the chickens. That sounds like a whole lot of trees, but there's plenty of space for all the other things. A half acre is a lot of land to plant on.