Dustin Rhodes wrote:Without knowing what you want to do with your proposed bounty, it's hard to determine what the right number should be.
However, I would grow a bit more than I thought was ideal, to account for eventual losses(weather, pests, disease, etc).
S Bengi wrote:I would plant a full acre of fruit+nuts, which is about 100trees.
25 Nitrogen Fixers (Adler, etc)
Why so much nut, because wildlife will get alot, but you can also make oil and nut flour for baked goods.
4 plants from each species gives about 11 different type of fruit trees. (44=4*11).
I don't think that 11 or 12 different types of fruit is a ridiculous amount of diversity, it seems just about right.
James Landreth wrote:If you have space I think four walnuts would be great. As mentioned they're a real, caloric staple, and I think we'll definitely need more of them this century as industrial agriculture declines. Chestnuts too would be good if you have space and there are varieties that will do well that far north
In case you don't already know, walnuts release juglone, which is said to harm growth of certain other plants. But some (butternut, black walnut) release way more than others. I've never found anything on heartnut's outline load. That being said here in the Pacific Northwest of the United States it doesn't seem to be much of an issue, so maybe it depends on climate
Marco Banks wrote:
You should be able to walk outside and find something fresh for as long as possible, and if you live in a cool climate, try to extend your growing season with a green house or other means.
Best of luck.
Skandi Rogers wrote:Figs and Apricots (also peaches and nectarines) are greenhouse only trees here.
Marco Banks wrote:And I'm jealous of your chill hours!
It's Jan 4, and we've only gotten 35 chill hours so far. Tonight's low will be 47 F, which is too warm to chill my trees. It's almost impossible to get enough chill for the apple trees to break dormancy in the spring when they all still have green leaves and they need 300 chill hours to produce well.