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August 5, 2008

Urban pomology takes root

I don't think many people really appreciate how much in the way of fruit you can fit in a small backyard or even a patio or rooftop. I'm guilty of it too...I spend a fair amount of time bemoaning not having room for vast orchards or vineyards, and fantasizing about owning acres. But the fact is, a relatively small yard can provided a phenomenal amount of fruit for a few people, and even if you don't have a yard, you can do remarkably well with pots, provided you have some sun and a place to park them (some things will even do well indoors with a sunny window, including pomegranate, figs, and some citrus, although they are rarely as productive as they would be outdoors). In our old house, I had dozens of strawberry varieties (including a few small seedling populations), some blackberries, a Chinotto orange, and an incredibly productive lemon tree, all in pots on either the patio or the front sidewalk.

Backyards, Beware: An Orchard Wants Your Spot (New York Times)
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4 Comments:

At 8/08/2008 12:41:00 PM, Blogger Brandon Hurr said...

I have a nectarine in a 25 gallon pot and it's huge. I'm worried that it's far out grown it's pot and is essentially hydroponic at this point. Which means I'll need to feed it better than I do.

We tried to grow vegetables in our front "yard." (Yard = parking spot) I had a hard time getting tomatoes that were sweet, because they would all split on me, then came the white fly :(

I think I need more practice.

 
At 8/08/2008 01:44:00 PM, Anonymous Matthew said...

Very true. I have 8.5 acres, but about two thirds of my 120 or so fruit varieties are in a space that is about 50 x 50 feet.

 
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