As homesteaders-in-progress, our goal is to do more things for ourselves. The primary goal is to feed ourselves with the fruits, vegetables, meats and wild edibles that we grow or gather ourselves. Toward this end, we recently spent a weekend planting fruit trees of various sorts, blueberry bushes and several varieties of grapes. Though these fruit starts are tiny in the field with their pink ribbon markers, we imagine them feeding our family someday. We see a beautiful orchard blooming in the springtime and heavy with fruit during the summer. We see a grape arbor weighted down with red, green and black clusters of fruit. We see little children eating blueberries from a hedge by the cool of the woods.
Having grown up in the nursery capital of the world, we have seen a whole lot of ornamental trees and shrubs that are grown for sale into nursery centers and home improvement stores all over the country. The proliferation of ornamentals occurs because most folks purchase these trees to beautify their yards. There is certainly nothing wrong with that desire, but we propose that you can have both beauty and bounty when you plant fruit trees and shrubs. It’s double return for the investment!