1 "flagpole" apple tree. This one occupies about 4 sq feet of ground space, and is 8 feet tall. The fruit are good, but not very produtive. I need to work on my pruning methods. Last year there were about 25 apples on this tree.
1 muiltigraft pear. The multigraft allows for pear production without having to buy a pollinating tree We have been eating pears for the past 2 weeks, every day.
5 sweet cherry trees. My partner loves cherries, and eats them by the bowl-full.
5 grape vines on an arbor. This takes almost no garden space, since the arbor covers a pre-existing deck. Another vine over a gate, again occupies essentially no garden space.
Multiple berry bushes and plants.
If you have a healthy Black Mission, fig, I would be willing to trade you a found fig. My dad found a long-ago abandoned fig orchard at the ancient Fort Pulaski in Savannah, GA and took cuttings, growing 5 trees from them, then 25 years later giving me a well-rooted cutting. So I don't know the name, but it bears well here. But, most fig trees bear well here, near Atlanta.
I also successfully grew prickly pear and wild plum trees (p. americana) from seed.
Also edible and very good for you, PURSLANE, the horrible weed that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids...it's my newest found edible. Nice for salads.
Edible landscaping is one of my favorite subjects.
I have a loquat tree. Plenty of cuttings, but none currently rooted.
No Black Mission. I have King, White Marseilles (Lattarula, Blanche), Petite negri, Brunswick (Magnolia), and Hardy Chicago. Most of them I grew from cuttings.
A lot of the information on growing figs came from a Georgia website.
I have some plum seeds planted, but no idea about what will happen with them.
Which Catalog are you purusing. I know of a few...Raintree, One Green World...?
Are the gentic peaches yummy? I read they aren't as tasty as non-genetic dwarfs.
My fig tree did SO MUCH better after I applied 2-3 pounds of wood ashes, from a woodstove, on it.
I would like Shinseiki Asian pear because it is self-fruitful, but I don't always trust what these catalogs say. Also want goumi, a type of elaeagnus bush, but don't know if the taste is the same or as good as 'siverberry' elaeagnus, which I already have (and which is evergreen).
I'm confused about your climate zone. SWEET cherries in your yard?!
Would you like some elephant garlic? I fould it in an abandoned (now wooded) yard and it is SO easy and multiplies well. I alo can send wild plum bush cuttings, and, next year, seed (we had a drought this year, so no fruit).
Just got Premier and Climax rabbiteye blueberry bushes. But they get tall and are deciduous.
The Black Mission fig I wanted is no longer desired because most or all of them in this area have a black-spot-looking fungus, unlike any other fig around here.
Oh, just got the tender Black Ginger, which has dark leaves and tastes more like galangal.
Tasted the hardy ginger at work and it IS edible, just like 2 books said. SO I want that. Ours, at work, is $20 a pot, so I'll wait. The peach colored one is fabulous, though!
I'm double posting this pic because the comment thread is transient, and it's relevant here. Sweet cherries are either in bloom, or about to. This year they have the most flowers ever. Here is the maintenance pruning I did July 18th -
I took off about 3 or 4 feet of new growth, leaving about 6 inches on each branch. I also cleared some center growth because, unlike California, we don't get so much sun here in SW Washington. When I do this, I always think "I've ruined the trees for next year's crop". But here they are now. The L tree is not quite in full bloom. The right tree branches are covered with flower bud clusters - the most ever.
Similar, this Hollywood plum. I don't know if it will get many or any fruit - we had frost when it was in bloom. The flowers are beautiful, pink flowers. The leaves and plums are maroon. Even the plum juice is maroon. They are so much better than grocery plums, they don't seem like the same species.
This is my little backyard orchard, or part of it. The trees in bloom include a 5-variety grafted pear, another sweet cherry, and a 3-variety grafted sweet cherry. The multi's take some special care but have the advantage of various ripening times, different fruit varieties, and superior pollination. Horticulturalists pan them as gimmicks. I have several and I like them, but they take care not to allow a vigorous branch to dominate the less vigorous.
Below is a 3-variety grafted Asian pear. Asian pears are SO GOOD. And like the plums, the grocery varieties are no competition. This tree is in its 4th year.
My mulberry tree is so tall that I can't really reach the berries. I pick them off of the driveway when they fall, but, boy, do they make a mess! My driveway/walkway is stained purple! I recently read that they are high in anti-oxidants and that they are used dried in the Middle East. Want a weeping form for many reasons. Mainly because I can reach the berries. Got a few cuttings, but they may not have made it...no green leaves.
I'm keeping my mulberry pruned small - not more than 7 or 8 feet tall once it gets to that. Currently is is only 3 years old and 4 feet tall. I prune it to train for a well branched, open center tree. That way, I can cover with a net to keep birds out, and I can reach all of the berries without a ladder. That's my theory - I'm not aware this has been done. It works with figs, which are distant cousins. And with many other fruit trees.
Monica, thanks! Home orchards are great! You can get such good fruit, you'll never want grocery fruit again.