planning fruit garden zone 7 northern VA
Hi. I am planning a low-spray fruit garden in a 30x40 foot suburban side/front yard patch. We have deer and powdery mildew. I'm hoping that in years when I am too busy, the birds will clean up for me. I'm not too worried about yield, more pest/disease resistance. I would like to have spring flowers and will likely interplant daffodils and such, but use a chopped leaf mulch with corn meal gluten for weed suppression.
So here is what I'm thinking -
blueberry (have some, they love my clay soil unamended)
thornless cane berries (staked with T posts)
grapes on an arbor
kiwi on a pergola (next to roses)
a stepover fig espalier
and two stone fruit trees,
maybe a santa rosa plum and a spring satin plumcot
(although I just read that Jefferson grew peaches without spray ... )
I'm just not as fond of apples or pears or pomegranites. I will eat some fresh and some cooked in sauces.
and out by the sidewalk,
ume apricot (prunus mume) for winter flowers, and maybe the deer will leave me a sample. I can't fence (front yard) but we do have dogs.
That is pushing the zoning limit of two trellises in the yard, but if the berries are staked and the fig is too low to be a trellis I think it will be all right.
So the deer and the japanese beetles and the voles will love me. Is this more than one person with a fulltime money job can handle? Or should I start with this, and then replace what doesn't work out?