But until I wrote them down, I didn’t realise how many fruit trees I actually have. There are a lot — 18 to be exact.
My goal is for my family to eventually be self-sufficient in fruit and herbs. As space is limited, the vegetables I grow will only ever supplement those I buy.
Even in fruit, self-sufficiency is a long way off. We’ve only been in this house four years, so all the fruit trees apart from an existing orange tree are very young.
I try to plant a few new fruit trees each winter. I thought I’d run out of space this year when it dawned on me that I could use the narrow garden bed along the driveway for dwarf fruit trees. So I planted three more: a dwarf mandarin, a dwarf peach and a dwarf nectarine.
I have come to the conclusion that I spend more on fruit trees than clothes. I am an addict.
Here is a list of the fruit trees currently in my garden:
- orange: one established tree
- blood orange: one
- peach: one O’Henry, one dwarf
- nectarine: one Goldmine, one dwarf
- mandarin: one Imperial, one dwarf (Emperor)
- almond: one soft-shell semi-dwarf
- lemon: one Meyer
- lime: one Tahitian
- apple: one Pink Lady, one Jonathan, two golden delicious (dwarf), one fuji (dwarf)
- apricot: one dwarf
- plum: one Satsuma, one Mariposa
Do you grow fruit trees? What do you grow?