Hello everyone. I was fortunate enough to stumble upon this forum and I have learned so much just spending a couple hours here. I live in Ellicott City, MD and it seems like there are a good deal of people here who are also in the Maryland area - love seeing what is possible to grow in my area and what doesn’t do well. I would love for anyone to provide some sage wisdom to someone who is just starting out and does not want to get discouraged.
I am trying to grow some fruit trees as well as other edible plants in my yard. I have been pretty successful with my berries, but have not been as lucky with the fruit trees. I bought 4 from home depot last year and only one survived after the deer damage and I did not know at the time that I needed to paint the trunks to prevent sun damage especially in the winter.
Here are some pictures I just took of my garden and some small harvest I got this year:
My deck garden - lots of growbags.
My backyard - the hope is to get rid of a lot of the grass and use it to grow something. Unfortunately the left side of my backyard has a canopy of trees which limits the areas where I get full sun.
watermelons - sugar baby and a small yellow variety
Kajari Melons - have not tried yet, first year growing.
Strawberry - mostly honeoye variety.
Elderberries - Black and John variety, no fruit harvested yet
Aronia Berry and some cape gooseberries - not sure of the varieties for both. Cape gooseberries are all volunteers.
Raspberries - Anne, Caroline (nothing sprouting yet might be dead) and raspberry shortcake. No fruit harvested yet
Goji Berry - bought about a month ago and its leafing out now.
Meyers Lemon Tree - had this for about 2 years, yet to have any harvest. Hoping this is the year!
Blueberries - Had these when I moved into the house about 3 years ago. They are now producing well. Varieties are Pink Icing, Northblue, Northcountry, Bluecrop. Wondering if I should move them in ground; soil test I got last year says my soil is acidic.
Blackberries - Babycakes variety
Gooseberries - Pixwell and I have a Hinnomaki which is still too young
Fruit Trees - I have 3, D’Anjou Pear, Pixie Crunch Apple and Sundance Apple. Have Asian Pear trees coming in the fall and a Seckel pear to pollinate with the D’anjou. I have peaches, plums and cherries coming next spring. Yes there is a tomato growing there that was a volunteer - I just let it be.
Plan to use this area to plant the future fruit trees. Gets at least 8 hours of sun.
Misc. Veggies and such
Open to suggestions, tips, critiques (I won’t get upset promise ;-)), and battle scars from your own attempts to creating edible landscape.
Thanks for creating this great website and community, I hope I can contribute for many years to come!