Well . . . I have tried to grow lots of different things, here in VA. Vegetables, of course. Those have dwindled to a small list of things that do well, without it being a ‘fight to the finish’. We grow tomatoes. Cucumbers. Maybe some peppers. We play with potatoes - a treasure hunt if things go well! So much fun.
As far as fruit ‘attempts’. Oh boy. Peaches. Plums. Nectarines. Watermelon & Canteloupe. Raspberries / Blueberries / Blackberries / Scuppernong Grapes. It takes spray to keep the bug-a-boos at bay, with stone fruit. And fungus is a battle, at times, with others. But the most successful and gratifying fruit crop for me, has been pomegranates.
It is nothing short of magical, to pick your own pomegranate off of your own tree! There were many false starts. Diebacks and just flat-out-deaths. But, finally 2 ‘bushes’ took off. One is a Wonderful (like in the stores) and the other, which does even better - a variety called Grenada.
So - this year, I decided to go further with the pomegranates . . . and ordered over a dozen varieties that are ‘supposed’ to do well in my climate. Right now I am obsessing over preparing the ‘holes’ with amendments and drainage help - so that when my plants are ready to be planted, in April - all I will have to do is ‘tuck them in’.
Being part of this forum has taught me so much, and introduced me to new ‘friends’, who share my Pomegranate Craziness. We are trading shoots, to propagate - and not always having to buy plants (at high prices) from nurseries . Many people have been very generous - and patient! They are more evolved in their journey with pomegranates - and I enjoy hearing about their successes.
It has been a lot of fun! I hope that you will find some more people, with similar climates and plant interests.