So, I took some pictures of my lovely plant based kingdom today. The first shot is pointing North Northwest, and there is a 25-30 ft tall oak tree just out of frame to the left on the first picture. It starts shading my lawn starting maybe 1 PM and hits the far edge of my property by 6 or so.
This is my dwarf apple tree row, and a Tomcot apricot. I should probably trellis those dwarves. I’ve got 2 slots here, and a recent plum arrival is going to go in one of them.
These are a multigrafted cherry, a multigrafted pluot, a multigrafted apple, my celeste fig that either froze to the ground or died, a brand new multigrafted peach, and my oldest tree: a multgrafted cherry on mazzard. I didn’t check the rootstock when I bought that one. I can probably fit another tree between the fig and the left side cherry, and maybe another in the triangle between the pluot, apple, and peach? It’s close to the walkway.
Next is my berry bed. I took a cultivator to this area and turned it with some wood chips, gypsum, and other stuff to loosen it since everything is red clay. Maybe I should have built raised beds everywhere, but making the sides seemed like a lot of work at the time. The side rows are gooseberries and currants, with mostly thorny blackberries in the center row. I need to put in a trellis or something. I also need to get the landscape timber siding replaced and extended. And maybe remove that useless bush.
My pots. A lot of blueberries, since shifting PH in the clay is hard. Some other stuff, blackberries, a jostaberry, lingonberries, a VdB fig, a Karmijn apple that got fire blight last year so it’s not near the others, etc. And a muscadine I bought because I was dumb and I have no idea what to do with it.
A front shot of my house. I’m not sure how close I can get to that oak tree, or if I should be planting on the slope down to the drainage ditch in front. It’s steeper than the picture looks. I’ve throught about removing the oak and the little thicket behind it, but that would be expensive and there is another huge tree not 20 feet away on the neighbors property anyway. There is an area bewteen the walkway and the 2 window room on the left, but it tends to get soggy since I think being surrounded by the house, the driveway, and the walkway tends to cut off drainage.
How much more can I realistically fit? I was thinking of abandoning those 3 trees I opened the thread with and using the pots for some gooseberries & currants from Edible Landscaping. I liked the few gooseberries I got last year, but I’m on the edge of their range so they struggle in the summer heat/humidity and clay soil. I was intending the blackberry canes to provide a little summer shade.