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Would you rather have 10 apple/pear varieties, or 10 berry bush varieties?

 
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This one from Jay

Would you rather have 10 apple/pear varieties, or 10 berry bush varieties?
 
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Right this second, I would take the berry bushes for lack of room for the trees. Normally I would take the 10 varieties of apples or pears.
 
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I would prefer 10 pears because if I took the berries the birds would get all the berries.
 
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I'd take the berries, provided their harvest times were spread out a bit. Bushes make for substantially easier harvesting, and are MUCH easier for me to protect from squirrels and birds.
 
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I'd take the berries. I get fruit years sooner and potentially more variety of fruit. Raspberries, blue, goji, currants, black, (some shorter varieties of mulberry might count as a bush?) and so on. And I wouldn't need a ladder.

I have an awful time trying to digest apple unless it's been turned into booze. And I don't really like pears.
 
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apples and pears because I can pick a large quantity faster and have more time to process.
 
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Carla Burke wrote:I'd take the berries, provided their harvest times were spread out a bit. Bushes of substantially easier harvesting, and are MUCH easier for me to protect from squirrels and birds.



This for me as well.  I already have 8 berry varieties and part of the benefit is that I have something available for about 6 months of the year.

Don't have room for the additional trees, but I do currently have two pear varieties.
 
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Berries. Around here we get false spring, trees flower, then it freezes. We got very little consistent tree fruits. But berries handle it better, and they do well here.
Also easier for me to pick, and more spread out in ripening so I don't have too many to cope with.
And easier to propagate more quickly.

The other day while working I listened to podcast about fedges, and got all inspired! Definitely need a lot of berries.
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I think berries on this one.... For one, I want to explore different berry varieties anyway. Also, I'm imagining a pick-your-own scenario, or a community patch. I would lean toward berries for that purpose.
 
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Matt McSpadden wrote:This one from Jay

Would you rather have 10 apple/pear varieties, or 10 berry bush varieties?



Apple/pear , just a matter of preference, well and the shade!!

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