Wouldn`t it be nice if all the vegetables that you plant were perennials? You plant them once and then each year the same plant simply produces more. While the chances of you getting your tomatoes to do this are virtually impossible, there are many fruits you can plant that will produce for you each year. Here are some ideas to make your fresh fruit production a little easier if you have the room.
Back in the 1960`s my in laws planted an apple tree in their backyard.
Today, 50 years later, that apple tree is healthy, alive and producing
very well. We pick bag loads of apples every fall. Their tree produces
enough apples for not only the entire family, but practically the
entire neighborhood. Not bad for a 50 year old tree. They also have a
pear tree that is just as old.
Fruiting trees are of course one of the first options that come to mind.
And with the various dwarf and columnar varieties, you have plenty to
choose from if space is limited on your property.
Next lets talk about bushes. Again your options are limitless. I have 4
blueberry, 3 blackberry and 7 raspberry bushes. Now you might think
that takes up a lot of room, but believe me they don’t. I have situated
them in such a way where they get plenty of sun, but are not in the way
of the use for other things in my yard. All three varieties are
prolific when it comes to production. Along with trees, fruiting bushes
are great options as well.
While they take up a lot space, you will get fairly good perennial
production out of grapes. I have three grape vines planted on the back
end of my yard. They are doing fairly well there in moderate sunlight
and come back stronger each season. They won’t produce enough to make
my own wine, but grabbing some fresh grapes to munch on in your
backyard, to me, is a great treat.
Finally, while not a fruit, but I wanted to get it in here, is the
planting of asparagus. If you like asparagus, then you must make it a
part of your perennial garden. When planted properly, asparagus will
produce for up to 15 years, although 10 to 12 is more likely. I have 6
asparagus plants and plan on adding 6 more next season. I love grilled