William Bronson wrote: I have an urban lot that I had started to plant out with trees.
A fight with the city resulted in many trees being uprooted and tossed in a dumpster.
They sent me bill for the privilege.
I won't be paying it.
This gave me an opportunity to rethink my plans, plus many of my shrubs began to mature.
Now I'm planning for more nut bearing plants, and few if any additional fruit trees, but not anything much over 8 feet tall, the limit of my arms reach.
I might leave some space for overstory trees, but they are not my priority.
Anything that will increase the net shade is a no go, so it would have to be coppice/pollard friendly.
William Bronson wrote:My city cited me for having garbage on the lot, because I was growing in barrels and buckets and had fencing and other materials stored there.
The minor who complained could only see the yard because he had asked me to NOT build a privacy fence on his side.
I lost in court and they tore out trees along with removing a bunch of other stuff.
Anyway, I will look into service berry trees along with thegoumi and seaberries, etc.
One tree that I have been successfully pollarding at my home garden is mulberry.
I skipped one year of pollarding and this year it seems to have set fruit.
At the same time, the grape vine next to it has invaded the branches and also set fruit.
It will be instructive to see if I can grow the two of them together on a bi-annual cycle, harvesting cuttings one year and fruit the other.
We have some black walnut trees on the edge of our property, and frankly I don't see the appeal.
It takes a too much work to harvest their nuts for it to be worth it to me.
Fortunately they are in an area with almost 0 sun, so we will be building a shed there, rather than trying to grow stuff.
My dream nut tree is the dwarf chinkapin oak, because I think it will generate unique products to sell.