Ideas for a Coastal Southern California Orchard
We have a Santa Barbara west facing gentle hillside lot.
My dad was a long time gardener, consulted-sold-developed etc. He was always ruler of the lot and was constantly finding a square of light and filling it with a fruit tree. As he aged and then passed, the orchard had become past overgrown and mom and I have spent the past 5 years cleaning it up, trying to figure out what we had and what was both healthy and tasty.
We are now replanting for a bigger variety, we used to sell to markets and at a farmers market so we might have had a dozen of the same tree, all standards.
I have already added a variety of citrus to complement the mature orange orchard we already had plus a few apples.
But, I would LOVE some ideas and input on your favorite fruit trees. What rootstocks you like or hate and why.
I can get trees from nurseries that use LE Cook, Dave Wilson and plan on driving up to Trees of Antiquity and Bay Laurel Co.
Because both mom and I are not getting any younger, I am also looking for trees that either are naturally shorter (under 12') or can be maintained at about that height happily. Flowers are a plus, but we plan on eating/canning the fruit, so that is number one.
I am not interested in Kiwi, Zapote, Guavas, Bananas etc. We either have them, or have removed them or they just do not hold well enough to use the space for them.
We have a large veggie garden that is in the center of the orchard, so I am looking to surround the garden, they can get some additional water while being established, but this is SoCal so droughts can be an issue.
I also have several multi trunk volunteer peach trees that I plan on grafting too as well.