I live on 0.22 acres with neighbors in close proximity. I have a ridiculously long drive way, full-sized windbreak 30x30x30' house plus a 30x15 seasonal room plus a 12x12 cement porch being expanded to 30x12'. Plus, raised beds and annual garden space, a green house, garage, and compost/to be quail hutch. So, guess how many fruittrees, fruit bushes, and fruit vines I have planted or about to be? About 70. Yep. 70. Guess how much yeild I estimated off that? (And just the fruit yeild, nothing more) About 1,500 lbs at maturity with care. Yep. Enough to cover all our fruit needs annually even in this northern climate. Yes, with lawn, yes, it's pretty because fruit trees flower. And yes, with plenty of room for veggies, herbs, etc.
Why am I announcing this rather than living happily and quietly in my little food forest paradise? Because I live in an urban area with a 5 yo who has friends who are neighbors. These kids already are starting to figure out that there's blueberries, strawberries, etc. here, and their appetites will only grow with age, which means my harvest will be in their mouths, which is great! City kids eating freshly harvested berries! But, what about me?!?!? 😥
Therefore, all you and your friends and your friends friends need to plant food forests. No excuses. If I can do it with my space limits, so can you. Then there will be other yards for the 5 yo contingents to get their berry and fruit fix from and I'll get to pull in enough from my yard for some liqueur making or something.
Thank you for your efforts. May we all eat fresh in the next 3 years, and not just the roving band of children.
How about a really messy sketch of my backyard to give you some idea of what goes on? I do landscape design, but this is just a quick sketch! I really incorporate a lot of techniques that can't be described by a quick sketch up (such as espelier)...I do pics and suggestions on Facebook, look up Imitating Eden Garden Design if you want to follow. If your ever in Cleveland, you'll have to pm me and stop by. It's a quick tour (0.1 acres of garden).