Peaches are the second most popular fruit after apples. They are delicious to eat raw, but they can be used in making a wide variety of desserts, in canning, made into jellies and jams, and even made into juice. They're also a good source of fiber and contain vitamins A and C, as well as potassium. Growing peaches in Georgia is a fun and rewarding experience.
Remove the bare root peach trees from the plastic or material in which they were encased and, if they appear to be dry, soak them in water for six to 12 hours.
Cultivate a 10 foot by 10 foot section in the planting area using a shovel, garden fork or tiller. Mix agricultural lime into the soil, if needed, to reach a soil pH of 6.5.
Dig a planting hole in the center of the planting area that is as deep as the root system but about twice the diameter. Plant the peach trees in full sun.
Cut off any broken roots and set the bare-root peach tree into the planting hole. Scoop in enough garden soil to cover the roots. Check to make sure the top most roots will not be sitting more than 1 to 2 inches below soil level.
Add more garden soil until the planting hole is about half full. Pack the soil down in and around the planting hole using your feet. Fill the remainder of the planting hole with soil. Pack the soil down one final time.
Give the peach tree approximately 5 gallons of water after planting. Spread a 2- to 3-inch layer of pine bark, rotted leaves, compost or similar material around the tree to retain moisture and guard against disease and pests.