What new edibles did you add to your garden this year?

seraphima(z4 AK)October 4, 2002

As for us; lingonberries, cranberries,several kinds of mint, sages, thymes and herbs, aronia, elderberries, asparagus (whoops, it didn't grow!), June-bearing strawberries, horseradish, yellow raspberries, some new varieties of gooseberry and alpine strawberry, perennial onions, wild Alaska onions, sorrel,seviceberry,bush cherries, and Hansen's bush cherries, quince, bunchberry, and large-hipped roses.

How about you?

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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I am always growing veggies but thats all annuals, won't come back next year. But I added 10 Serviceberry Shrubs. I chose one Grandiflora, 4 Regent, 3 Honeywood and two Smokey Serviceberries. The shrubs are all large enought that they should fruit next year so I am very excited about them!

I also added two blueberry shrubs to go with three I already had. Then I am awaiting my order that is supposed to be shipped at the beginning of October from Raintree Nursery out on the west coast. I will have two Honeyberry plants (edible honeysuckle) to try and I am also getting Goumi or Gumi shrubs. I know the plants from Raintree will be small but hopefully they will grow fast.

I am really looking forward to all my new fruit!

    Bookmark   October 5, 2002 at 11:29AM
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lostman(z7a/b GA)

I planted last spring a Blackjack and Negrone Fig, Russian Pomegranite, Belle Pawpaw, and two Pakastan Mulberries
I just ordered some Glendale Goosberries and Crandell Currents.
I may give a Barberry and Chilian Guava a try too.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2002 at 8:32PM
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seraphima(z4 AK)

Very interesting selections, Rita and Lostman. You may be pleasantly surprised by the Raintree stock; I have had consistently excellent result from them, and the plants grew a lot each year. Good luck with yours!

    Bookmark   October 7, 2002 at 3:06PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Where is everyone on this thread? I know we can't be the only ones to have added goodies to our yard this year! I always like to hear what other people are growing and what they plan to add so I figgured this posting would take off like mad.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2002 at 1:26PM
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strawberries, black currants, red currants, blueberries, plums, apples, pears, sweet cherry, nanking cherry, lingonberries, bilberries, grapes, and gooseberries to go with the ornamentals (and we only have 1/4 acre).

    Bookmark   October 8, 2002 at 3:34PM
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two sweetsops, one of which fruited. four more pineapples. brush cherries and surinam cherries [i want to use the latter for a hedge, mixed in with cocoplums]. this winter, i intend to find a place to plant a couple of lychee seedlings and two eugenia victoriana seedlings.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2002 at 5:59PM
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Rodknee(Z 5 UT USA)

Billberry, Titan Hardy Almond, Salmonberry, Boulder Raspberry, American Persimon, Western BlueElderberry, Black Mullberry, Burr Oak & Yacon Root. I tried to grow Goumi shrubs but they died. Cant wait for next year!
One green World (http://www.onegreenworld.com/)is a great edibles nursery.
For exotics try: http://www.exoticfruit.com/

    Bookmark   October 9, 2002 at 10:03PM
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rcnaylor(z7 Tex)

Hey lostman, I would love to grow pomegarantes but I live in zone 6b (just across the line). I have tried two but they froze out. So what is up with a Russian pomegranate? Any chance it is any more cold hardy? Where did you get it?

I'd appreciate any info. Thanks

richard Naylor

    Bookmark   October 9, 2002 at 10:37PM
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lostman(z7a/b GA)

I got mine for a friend who doesent know the name. He got it for another NAFEX memeber. If you or anyone is looking for other kinds of pomegarate, try this site:


    Bookmark   October 10, 2002 at 10:52AM
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adrianag(AL z7)

Three feijoas, a peach, a mulberry, a 40-foot long hedge of rosemary, a 20' walkway lined in lavendar and lemon thyme for a ground cover in my front beds, accented with garlic chives. And I'm only getting started!

    Bookmark   October 10, 2002 at 4:36PM
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meilie(z7 MD)

I have yet to have a decent crop on my fruit trees as the darn squirrels devastate my 5-in-1 Old Fashion apple tree. They bite off the green fruit and throw them on the ground to rot. And this year the Chinese vining squashes grew past the limits of it's trellis, (a former tent frame covered w/ garden wire) and have grown halfway up my 25ft apple tree. I have been harvesting long green squash (1-2 ft long) from this poor little tree that is severely leaning over from the weight of the vines and fruit. Squash anyone? Got any good squirrel recipes? (just kidding!)

I also have a plumcot, Mandarine apricot, 2 plums, Compacstella black cherry trees; eating grape and a hardy kiwi growing but this year's weather has not been good for harvests.

The bokchoy, arugula, mustard greens, etc. that I grow during the winter gave me a wonderful early spring crop, but the hot, dry weather prevented them from reseeding, so I've had to do that manually (womanually).

Otherwise it was just too darn hot this summer to play outside in the garden and the mosquitos/West Nile Virus threat was a bit deterring.

Once the cool weather sets in I'll clean off the squash vine from the tent frame and cover it with commercial grade 6mm? plastic and anchor well to be my innovated greenhouse. I have 2 beds w/ a pathway under it and will grow bokchoy, arugula, mustard green, Swiss Chard, and any other cold crop. I'll harvest most of the winter, here in Rockville, MD, especially if temps stay in the 50's. No heat or electricity has been installed in my "greenhouse". I'll have to water when needed.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2002 at 5:37PM
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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)

Just moved into a new home. Transplanted some old favorites from the old place (herbs mostly)

I planted 1 plum tree (newport variety, its supposed to produce, we'll see) 1 Ginko tree (I know unless its a female, they're not really edible) 5 Paw paw trees (because I'm going to try that darn fruit one way or another) 3 maypop passionflowers and a bunch of hardy kiwi (about 10)

I'm already looking at catalogs for next year....I see bush cherries and a couple apricot trees maybe..


    Bookmark   October 12, 2002 at 5:38PM
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Ok, I guess I missed this post.

Here is what I added,

2 elderberries, ground plums/sand plum shrubs, 2 apple trees*yellow delicious and arkansas black*, about 5 more various blackberry plants, choke cherry.
2 times I planted raspberries that were sent in trades and they died. I don't know what it was.

I have already ordered catalogs to start planning on what to buy for next spring. What are you all who live in zone 6
planting now in the fall?

    Bookmark   October 15, 2002 at 6:38AM
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Chills, I am in zone 6 as you are. Where did you get your plum tree? I need to buy some although I cannot plant them until next spring. Just curious.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2002 at 7:33AM
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jayirwin(7s DC)

Persimmon and Pear Trees, Italian and Thai Basil. The Thai Basil was such a success.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2002 at 1:14PM
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oldherb(z8 Oregon)

'Golden Alexandra' alpine strawberries (to die for!). Rhubarb (for the second time, killed the first ones by not watering them enough).

    Bookmark   October 17, 2002 at 10:45PM
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Jerri_OKC(z7 Ok)

More Goumi (I love these), a fruiting quince, 2 varieties of thornless blackberries, mulberry, barberry, bayberry (berries for candles!), and serviceberries.

And 4 varieties of viburnums. I don't know if the fruit are edible to us but the birds are supposed to like them.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2002 at 11:31AM
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mollys3(z7 SC)

elderberries, huckleberries, paw paws, serviceberry, apples, pears, cherries. I can't wait until they are big enough to produce. I hope I get some before the critters get everything!

    Bookmark   October 18, 2002 at 10:52PM
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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)


Got the plum at Biglots *lol* I happened to be there last spring and they were just unloading trees from a truck, I picked the best looking plum and drove directly home (darn thing was 5' when I got it and over 6' now)


    Bookmark   October 19, 2002 at 9:58AM
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sharon_9_fl(z9 FL)

Malakhiya, roselle, jicama, passionfruit, atarfruit, yard long beans, bananas, seminole pumpkin.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2002 at 9:09PM
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Added a cobnut (English for hazelnut or filbert) to the yard and will put a pollinator in the neighbor's yard. There are several mature ones- 15 foot high with same spread- in our development and I discovered this fall I am mad for green (the fall off the tree ripe ones, like you buy them, just don't have that fresh taste) cobnuts. Ate dozens and froze a few kilos- and still have one kg left. The heartbreaking news for me and neighbors now similarly addicted: they bear, i read, only alternate years. We will hunt down another source if need be next fall.
I know these do well in the Pacific NW but not the south- I will try to nurture them along next time I live in the US if it is above the M-D line.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2002 at 6:41PM
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This summer we added chicory and several variety of amaranth and brewers spruce. Last week I sat in a Goldenhorn, sunchokes, akebias, Eastern Prince Magnolia vines with a Dan Bae asian pear, Jhonkheer Van Tets red currant and blue honeysuckles to show about Jan/Feb.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2002 at 9:16PM
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Planted a persimmon after the post above and ordered an apricot, couple of elderberries and a american highbush cranberry to go with the list above.

Still have our eyes on a few others- would like to get to 20 kinds of fruit on less than 1/4 acre (currently at 17 types with ~ 30 varieties).

    Bookmark   November 4, 2002 at 9:58AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

The Raintree Goumi shrubs I ordered from Raintree actually turned out to be larger than I thought they wold be. I like the looks of the shrubs with the gorgous green leaves and silver undersides that I intend to get at least more Goumi shrubs next spring. I will try another variety from a different source but I am just sure I am going to like this fruit!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2002 at 4:42PM
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happycamper110(8 (Oregon))

My husband and I just bought our first house in October, and besides a cherry tree that hadn't been pruned in 5+ years and two pine trees, it was all crabgrass. I've been working my tail off (literally) because I'm determined to make it suitable for garden parties AND a huge veggie garden by spring WITHOUT using chemicals - I'm determined to go organic.

I'm starting from scratch, but between a generous nursery up the road that's always wheeling and dealing, I've added:

Blueberry, Italian Honey Fig, Hardy Alaska Kiwi, Rosa Rugosa, Daylilies, lots of hardy herbs like english lavender, rosemary, various thymes, chives, Ozark strawberry, pineapple sage, lemon grass, wintergreen, curry plant.

I just found the edible landscaping forum today and I FEEL LIKE I'VE FINALLY FOUND MY HOME PLANET! I feel the urge to SHARE...I try to explain my "revelations" to hubby and friends, but they don't understand what is so exciting about finding out that you can eat everything in the Hemerocallis genus, or why I flipped when I realized I didn't have to keep all the vegetables in the "garden" area. People I have known and loved all my life looked at me funny when I told them I got chills when I figured out that I could plant leeks and bunching onions in my iris bed, and that collards might make a lovely plant in the front yard. People don't quite know what to do with my Christmas list: Pawpaw tree (no one's heard of them this far west), edible amaranth, etc.

I'm so glad I found Garden Web!! And a special thanks goes out to all of the generous gardners that I've had the pleasure of trading with.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2002 at 7:37PM
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terryboc(z5 NH)

3 dwarf apples, 2 asian pears, 2 plums, 1 cherry (with another one coming next spring) 6 sand cherries, 2 blueberries. I've ordered 1 more asian pear, 1 plout (I know, it will probably do poorly here-I already got the bad news over at the orchards forum but I have to try anyway) 3 blueberries, and am thinking about some honeyberries. They sound yummy from the description.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2002 at 10:11PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I don't see how anyone can get thru the winter without garden web for cureing wintertime garden blues!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2003 at 2:22PM
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eric_wa(San Juan, z8 WA)

2-Lingonberry, 3-Elderyberry, 2-Sea Buckthorn, 1-BlueBell, 1-Goumi, 3-Persimmons, 2-Paw Paw, 2-Quince, 1-Fragrant Spring Tree(aka Stir fry tree), 5-Highbush Cranberry, and assorted Gooseberries, Currants, Aronia. They are due to arrive from Raintree Nursery any day now. This is the 13th year I have ordered from Raintree. Good Service and Good Stock. Raintree and One Green World carry about the same varieties. Eric

    Bookmark   January 31, 2003 at 2:45AM
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Basil, rosemary, thym, parsley, anis, fennel, Anu, impatiens, lavender, roses, marigolds, sunflowers, clovers, mint, melisse, johnny jump ups, myosotis, along with the veggie garden.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2003 at 8:57AM
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pattilacy(z8 TX)

Well last year we added some celeste figs, blackberries and dewberries
This year so far 2 more fig trees (my son propogated them) and a bruce plum tree and a few grapes.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2003 at 8:58PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I planted Red Elderberries and Red Currants already this Spring. Am waiting for my Nanking Cherries and lots of wildlife type fruiting shrubs.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2003 at 5:10PM
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Red Wine Grapes, 6 different passion flowers,Fig,Buhda's Hand, Key lime, Myers lem, Kumquat, Calamondin, Bitter lemon, 5 varieties tomatoes, Thai peppers, Salsa, and did I say Red Wine Grapes? That will be my baby this year!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2003 at 3:46AM
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oldherb(z8 Oregon)

Hi Patty from another Patty...(good name by the way and you spell it the correct way too!)...your pushing the zone up there in Wisconsin aren't you! You must winter your stuff indoors? Let us know if you get fruit off your passion flower vines.

We are trying hardy lemons here. Well a friend of mine is anyway. I'm looking to get a hardy ginger that's edible. I already grow the tender stuff as a summer crop...needs real regular water to get a good root.

My 'Golden Alexandria' Alpines are looking fabulous and I'm so wanting the spring crop of berries to start ripening. Will be trying my Anthriscus sylvestris 'Raven's Wing' as chervil and see if it is as good...it's a chervil cousin. It's just about ready to bloom and looking very good right now.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2003 at 12:42PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I also found a Serviceberry from Oikos Tree Crops called northern Juneberry, A. gaspensis. Bought four tiny shrublets early this spring and liked them so much that I ordered and planted 8 more. Be at least 2 years before they flower as Oikos sells things that are very small. But this type was not available anywhere else and sounds like a wonderful type, one I did not have, so I went for it. They are all growing well.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2003 at 3:31PM
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AmberSky(9b FL)

4 bananas (Icecream, Monkey Fingers, Misi Luki, and Nina), an Unnamed plantain, unnamed Papaya plus a family of papaya seedlings, Florida Sweet Barbados cherry (Pretty pretty little tree), true cardamom ginger, Moranga (Horseradish tree), Katuk, Rio Red Grapefruit, Dancy Tangereen, Pineapple Orange, Key Lime, Brown Turkey Fig (Not doing well, must move it) Nasturtiums, way more herbs than I can list, Dwarf Pomegranette, greystripe sunflower, and I put a veggie garden on my roof that has fed us at at least 3 days a week, for the last 3 months.
Oh, and a Neem tree. It isn't edable, but it's VERY useful and lovely.
I have a small garden, almost everything has to do double duty.

NEXT year, I want Winged Beans, Scarlett Runner and Painted Lady beans, Amaranth, sweet potato, burgandy okra, and more eggplants...the Ichiban on the roof needs to come down and live in the moongarden, and it needs friends. Little Spooky, at least.

For people who live in the subtropics, try the seeds at Echo.

Here is a link that might be useful: Echo

    Bookmark   June 26, 2003 at 2:40PM
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paulyn(z 8 NW OR)

Jostaberry(cross between black currant and gooseberry, jet black berries, ripens early July, cold hardy),Interlaken seedless grape(very early ripening, cold hardy), native huckleberry (I could have dug them from the mountains but was too lazy so I bought them at the nursery), and a couple more blueberry plants (I have 9 but just can't get enough).

    Bookmark   June 30, 2003 at 7:31PM
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niagara(z4 western NY)

Planted a new garden...

Teaberry, cherries (bush), blueberries (bluecrop), cranberry (viburnum), cranberry (the low bog version), hawthorn, daylillies

Also a number of native non edibles.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2003 at 9:21PM
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nurblet(z5/6 Upstate NY)

New here but I'll be back!!
I have 4 regent juneberries from Edible Landscaping and 2 Serviceberry Lamarckii from a local nursery all planted this spring. Last fall I planted 4 highbush cranberry from Musser forests. They look like they are starting to flower soon. This year I went viburnum happy--I planted 4 nannyberry (2 from Musser Forest, 2 from Tripple Brook), 4 arrowwood (2 from Musser Forest, 2 from Tripple Brook), 2 witherod from Tripplebrook. Also I have 2 chokecherry trees from Musser Forests and will be getting 2 aronias from Raintree in the fall. this past winter was so horrible all I did was a lot of freelance computer work and now I blew all the extra money, after bills of course ;)

A neighbor gave me some red currants last fall and raspberry bushes, both of which are chock full of berries now. last fall I planted 2 variegated elderberry from rainree and didn't notice that they needed another species to pollinate. Well there are TONS of elderberries all over the area and my variegateds flowered nicely, so something must have pollinated them!

Two autumns ago I got 2 blue belle and two blue velvet (I think) honeysuckles from Raintree. THis spring 2 of them flowered and produced a nice amount of berries. They didn't taste bad either. I'm thinking of getting more. I had 4 blueberries (neighbor swapped in exchange for lavender and sunflowers which I have tons of) but 2 died from heat shock. I love blueberries but am having cruddy luck with them so I guess I'll go with plants that handle this climate and soil better.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2003 at 8:09AM
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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)

Last year I posted...
I planted 1 plum tree, 1 Ginko tree, 5 Paw paw trees, maypop passionflowers and a bunch of hardy kiwi

This year I've added...a red kiwi, 5 nanking cherries, 2 hazelnuts, 1 tree serviceberry, 2 other serviceberries, 2 juneberries, 3 blueberries (2 bluecrop and 1 little giant that a bunny ate to 1" tall) strawberries, 3 red raspberries, 6 blackberries, a couple more paw paw (2 of last year's didn't make it) a Japanese plum, 2 red currants, 1 pixwell gooseberry, veggies and herbs, 4 fruiting rugosa roses and a host of daylilies. I also had to replace the passionflower incarnata with another.

I am still considering (for autumn planting) hanson's bush cherry (anyone recommend it?)as well as perhaps (if I can find it) another little giant (or 2).


    Bookmark   July 17, 2003 at 9:14AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I just planted three Nanking Cherries that I bought bare root this spring but put in pots until I got the place I wanted them cleared out. Now that I finially have them in the ground, I am all excited about getting fruit next year!!!!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2003 at 1:29PM
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josie_z6b(z6b Philly)

Well, alas, no garden of my own yet, though I read this board avidly, as much for my mom as for myself. (I'm a second-generation edible landscape person. But she doesn't understand message boards)

My nasturtiums absolutely refused to grow in an old kettle, like, duh, me, they like drainage. Germinated, sprouted, keeled over dead.

But my tiny (mostly windowsill) herb garden of yarrow, mother-of-thyme, golden sage, lavender, spearmint, and peppermint are doing well. They are awaiting my move to a place of my own - and then you guys have to help me set it up.

I'm trying to decide whether or not to get a mini-blueberry in a vat. I like herbs but I really want fruit of some kind. Any thoughts?

    Bookmark   September 10, 2003 at 8:03PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I decided on Beach Plums and more Black Aronia, plus Blue Elderberries and three more Goumi shrubs for planting this Fall. I am thinking about some of the other types of shrub cherries for next spring as I already planted Nanking Cherries but would like to get another one of those also.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2003 at 12:26PM
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seraphima(z4 AK)

Interesting that this thread has gone on to a second year...
For 2003, we added wild Alaska onions, sea buckthorn, horseradish, more quince, Jerusalem artichokes, tansy (don't know if it's quite an edible,) a Shipove pear-Mt. ash hybrid, sneet ( bishop's weed in green and white and green form,)a new kind of monarda, and a lot more comfrey. Also some herbs.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2003 at 3:56PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Late last fall I added both Blue Elderberries and Oriental Elderberries to go with my S.nigra black elderberries and Red Elderberries planted last Spring. The Oriental elderberries made it thru the Winter well, all are glowing now but from the roots as the canes they were shipped with died out. The Blue Elderberries did not do as well and at least one of the three is compleatly dead. I hope they make it as I really want the Blues!

    Bookmark   April 11, 2004 at 4:21PM
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marie99(z8 SC)

2 Pecans! Any tree we plant from now on must be an edible.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2004 at 11:51AM
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gcmastiffs(z10 Florida)

Newest babies are more figs, peaches, apples, blueberries -and since I found a terrific citrus source, 9 new citrus trees. Also a new dwarf Wurtz avocado, black and red raspberries, and huckleberries. The property is looking gorgeous with all the new plants. I use lots of 1/2 whiskey barrels. They are neat, good looking and big enough for any dwarf fruit tree. I have 5 new apple trees on the way.

My peppers from Pepper Joe are growing well, the big yellow tomatoes I started from seeds are overwhelming, I have to open up a new area to plant them all.

Purple beans and Kentucky wonder beans are delicious and producing well.

We have had a very pleasant spring, dry but cooler than usual. The citrus are loving it and have heavy crops on board. My Tropic Sweet apples are still blooming and setting fruit. Squirrels destroyed all my lovely peaches, so no peaches this year.

I cannot bear to be inside, with all the cool plants to enjoy!


    Bookmark   April 25, 2004 at 5:12PM
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decolady01(7a/6b AL/TN)

Two new Ozark blueberries to go with the blues we already have; both red and gold raspberries, a Van Damen quince, a Tennessee Mountain fig, two pawpaw trees, a bed of Purple Passion aspargus, and Lakota squash. I've gotten some horseradish roots and heirloom tomato plants (Black Krim, Thai Pink Egg, Super Marmande), but they won't get planted until this weekend.


    Bookmark   April 27, 2004 at 4:27PM
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I've got chamomile, lavender, bush blue lake 274 bean and cherokee trail of tears bean, crookneck squash, eggplant, spaghetti squash, slicing and lemon cucumber, yellow sunshine watermelon, johnny-jump-ups, broccoflower, 4 kinds of tomatoes, onion, green onion, garlic, potato, romaine and iceberg lettuce, red, green, and yellow sweet peppers, cinnamon basil, cat's claw, feverfew, devil's claw, parsley, jack-be-little pumpkin, and some other seeds I've just planted. WHEW, I'm out of breath, haha!! =)

    Bookmark   April 29, 2004 at 12:47PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

This Spring I am planting -

1 Hinnonmaki Red Gooseberry
1 Red Lake Red Currant
5 Jewel Black Raspberries
Blueberries (Elliott, Darrow, Chandler, Bluecrop, Blueray, Patriot, and Brigatta)
Apache and Arapaho Erect Thornless Blackberries
'Anne' Yellow Fall Bearing Raspberry
'Caroline' Red Fall Bearing Raspberry
Dwarf Ground Cherries
3 more Red Nanking Cherries

    Bookmark   April 29, 2004 at 7:11PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Add to my previous list above (all planted this Spring) more edibles-

1 Catherina Red Goosberry
1 St Fiacre Red Gooseberry
1 Cherry Red Currant
1 Geraldi Dwarf Mulberry (already have an Illinois Everbearing)
'Encore' Red Summerbearing Raspberries
1 'Tomcot' Hardy Apricot
1 'Surefire' Sour Cherry
1 'Resi' Apple

It has been a busy spring!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2004 at 1:58PM
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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)


Of all the posters on this forum, yours is the yard I would love to see the most. How big is it? I''ve got a little more than an eighth of an acre, and though we seem to have many plants in common I daresay that you must have a much bigger yard!

I think the only things I have that you don't (as far as I have read) are pawpaws and kiwis.

I notice that you are exploring brambles this year. I have a variety called Loganberry locally (though I doubt its the common Logan variety) but I'm curious about Tayberry, Boysenberries and BaBa berries. (are you/have you, tried any of these?)

BTW...a Peterson Pawpaw, two apples (Grimes Golden, and Red Delicious) Yellow wonder alpine strawberries (get these if you can find them!) Three more Rubel Blueberries, 5 Hanson Bush cherries, three more Nanking Cherries and two goumi bushes. these are my newest for this year.


    Bookmark   June 5, 2004 at 8:18PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

This year I have been most interested in the Fruit and Orchard Forum and the Edible Landscaping Forum because of my obsession with adding more shrubby edibles and Brambles. But in the past I had posted mostly at the Wildlife Garden Forum and the Shrubs Forum. The link below is to a thread of mine on the Wildlife Garden Forum that goes into some of the past 3 years gardening history in case you are interested.

I forgot to add the bed of 25 Everbearing Strawberries put in this Spring to my list above. Don't know how I could have forgotten the Strawberries!

The only thing I know about Bababerries is whatever I have read on the Forums here so I really don't know much. I don't have any. Loganberry, Tayberry, Boysenberry also I don't have, don't know anything about and don't plan on getting. There are a lot of those West Coast Brambles like those that would probably not be hardy here. Anyway, I am not fond of thorns and don't want to do any trailing Blackberries because I want to stay away from using a trellis and having to tie them. That is why the new Erect (and especially) Thornless Blackberries appealed to me. I like the idea of being able to grow blackberries like a shrub instead of a grape vine.

BTW- I do have a 'Canadace' grape about 5-6 years now but I am lousey at pruning it and never have sprayed it so have never gotten any grapes harvested from it yet. I pruned it better this early spring so maybe I will get lucky.

No Room for Kiwis or PawPaws, especially now that I have decided I need some fruit trees.

I am done for this year but am looking into what fruit trees to get for next year. It's very confusing, what with all the different Rootstocks and who sells what on which rootstock. It's getting to the point that the places left to plant here, especially if I want sunny spots, are the difficult ones like slopes.

I am thinking next Springs project should be a small 'Orchard' on a very steep small slope by the side of my driveway. Its too steep to walk up. But if I kept the trees small, shrubby almost, I could easily both pick fruit, prune and spray, reaching everything either from the top or bottom of the slope.

That's one of the reasons I am interested in the Raintree Mini-Dwarf Apples. But I want some more Cherries
also. Most places seem to offer trees that will grow too big. So far my best bet for Cherry trees is Raintree with cherries on Gisela5. Still don't know if I can keep them short enough for what I want.

To top it off I have become obsessed with the idea of getting Peach trees. Raintree offers some Peach Tress on Pumi-Select Rootstock, which I know nothing about (except they say it's dwarf) and does not come up on a Web Search. The rest of their trees are on Lovell, which would grow too big for me I think. I am looking at souces for Peaches on Citation Rootstock, might be my best bet.

I got the Shrubby fruit trees idea from ready an article on the web about planting fruit trees and then topping them off at 2-3 feet and making them into shrubs. I am still having trouble seeing in my mind, what should have turned into a tree, grow like a shrub but I like the idea if it would work.

Besides all this I have lots of flowers and my veggie garden, which is mostly tomatoes because I am crazy about Tomatoes and flowers.

I don't have a big yard at all, just one that seems very well laid out for gardening, with lots of grade changes. Then of course, I have less than half the lawn I had afew years ago, when I started my garden renovations. By the time I am done, I will have less lawn yet. For sure, you will never catch me at the Lawn Forum or hireing the local Chem Lawn Man!

Here is a link that might be useful: Really Into Shrub Fruits Lately

    Bookmark   June 6, 2004 at 1:12PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Chills- I read you member page and see that you are into planting good tasting things for people to eat. I always figgured fruit for me was a bonus because I wanted to make my yard etremely attractive to Songbirds, Hummingbirds, Bees and Butterflies. I planted things to attract the fruit eating birds like Viburnums, Shruby Dogwoods, Chokeberry and such. I even planted many different types of Elderberry to make fruit for the birds to eat. But if a fruit can do double duty, like Serviceberry and Blueberry, meaning fruit for me and atttracts birds to the backyard then its just perfect.

Of course, this Spring I feel like I have done lots for the birds and want to concentrate on fruit for me. Birds will be taking their share, I am sure. Thats why I planted things like Cherry, Serviceberry, Dwarf Ground Cherry, Nanking Cherry, Blueberries, Goumi, Raspberries and Blackberries. Fruit for everyone!

Now hopefully the Squirrells will not be interested in my fruit trees when they start producing.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2004 at 5:16PM
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bruglover(Gulf States)

We planted some new things (for us) this year. Moved here, a place where we can have a garden, a couple years ago, but didn't have time last year to plant much.

We planted: peanuts, watermelon (2 kinds), horned melon (kisano), Futsu squash, yard-long beans, scarlet runner beans, wild mache, jerusalem artichokes, grain sorghum, and a small Japanese melon.

Everything is doing well so far (the mache is done for the year). Next year, I want to put in some sugarcane, if I can get a variety that people grow for chewing.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2004 at 9:15AM
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Has anyone heard of a plant called Bear Claw Ginger? I was given one. It has a tuber? for a root and a long stalk with a large separated leaf. Is it ginger that I can dig up and use in cooking or is it something else. It has not spread but always has one leaf on the one stalk.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2004 at 10:21AM
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I didn't see this post before submitting the post for climbing spinach. We tried it for the first time this year and hope to continue using it as an annual ornamental and edible plant. EP

    Bookmark   August 6, 2004 at 11:53AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I added two Northstar Dwarf Chery trees this spring. They are full of fruit now!!!

While the birds picked my sweet cherry tree clean of fruit in about three days, they don't seem to like the sour cherries as much so I am able to pick some of the fruit. Still, the trees are small so there is not enough fruit to do anything with.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 8:05PM
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chopstocky(z6 NY Sunset 37)


How are those cherry trees doing? I am particularly interested in if you have planted those peach trees you mentioned. It is something I have been interested in for my own yard but my zone and potential pests have deterred me so far. I have two columnar apple trees planted that seem to put out enough fruitlets but get ravaged by pests (plum curculio) and disease that destroys the fruit and almost denudes the entire tree. I don't know if peaches would fall to similar conditions in our relatively close areas.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2007 at 6:15PM
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erutuon(4b/5a Mpls)

Patriot, Polaris half-high blueberries
Burgundy lowbush blueberry
in pots

Red Pearl, Regal lingonberry
Planted in pot, squirrels dug it up several times. Regal died, Red Pearl moved into smaller pot indoors.

Obelisk saskatoon/serviceberry
Red Lake red currant
everbearing strawberries

I hope to get Wentworth highbush cranberry. Have cuttings from clove currants, which will go in the dry front lawn.

mountain-mint -- Pycnanthemum virginianum and flexuosum

    Bookmark   June 12, 2009 at 12:22PM
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herbal(z7 MD)

Even though this thread is old. I love the question, I added tons! Just moved to 3/4 acre five months ago.
2 blueberries, 2 jujubes, 2 figs, 2 apples, cherry tree, plum cot, plum, pomegranate, herbs, veggies, 2 gooseberries, 3 eleagnus bushes, and passionfruit vine. Yay! Still have more to get, just waiting till fall...

    Bookmark   July 8, 2011 at 3:35PM
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Over the last year I've added 2 varieties of apples, purple leafed plum, lavenders, german chamomile, roman chamomile, chicory, yarrow, elderberry, wolfberry, another hazelnut, borage, garlic, and comfrey, as well as veggies like peppers, tomatoes, radishes, scarlet runner beans, and I've just sown 2 varieties of kale.

I added some things a bit late (I just recently found out about edible forest gardens!), so I may need to replace a couple of things that look iffy.

This fall I'm hoping to add raspberries, thornless blackberries, red currants, grape vine, and a mulberry.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 8:28AM
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mastergarder2003(5 MI.)

Kenibeck Potaotes,pumpkin, rhubarb, orange daylilys ditch ones I love to eat them, Yucca flowers yummy,johny jump ups,romane red lettuce, leaf lettuce, scallions, Tomatoes black prince, roma,Garlic, chives, rosemary,currents, red bell peppers.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 11:27PM
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Blue tomatoes,greman tomatoes,homestead tomatoes,salad mix,cantalope,basil,ghost peppers,white tomatoes and few others...

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 8:21PM
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