Cristo Balete wrote:Blackberries are very tough and make great jam that can be canned and stored. A trailing blackberry shoots long, green runners the summer before, and that's where next summer's berries will form. There are some upright blackberries that don't have long trailers, but all of them appreciate being tied horizontally, which sends the message to the plant to flower when the conditions are right. There are nice, thornless ones as well. The "has few seeds" type is a lot easier to cook with.
Blueberries are nice bushes, and also make nice jam for canning. http://www.backyardberryplants.com/plants/blueberries/
Espalied apples are very tough. Two different kinds are needed for pollinating each other, unless you are in a neighborhood where there are other apple trees, which would be blooming at the exact same time yours would be blooming.
Asparagus is a nice, ferny plant during the summer that is a good companion plant to berries, and can be tucked in between. They get trimmed off in August or so, but it's easy to do.
(be sure to get the ones that will work in your zone)
Tim Kivi wrote:But you only trim grapes in winter, not summer. Winter trimming's easy and fast because the leaves have fallen. I'd reconsider grapes if I were you.
Anne Miller wrote:What about Scarlet Runner beans? I have not grown them though I have read a lot about them here on permies:
Sarah Koster wrote:I'm not certain if they're drought tolerant, but being perennial they should do better than an annual, have you thought about hops?
I've been fascinated with the idea of growing hops since I read about them being used as part of a bread starter in some funky old canadian pioneering book I read during my hobo adventures.
Rudy Valvano wrote:I'd build some sections of below ground level hugelkutur beds. All 200 feet might be too much for one season.
They could solve the drought and Alkalinity problems.