Fruit/Vegetable Trees

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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
Hi

I’ve recently removed all my conifers in my garden and looking to replace them with fruit and vegetable plants/trees.

I’m a total beginner at gardening so any tips would be helpful

It’s not a huge garden so probably fit two fruit trees at the most with a few vegetable plants darted aroud.

So my question is,
1) which fruit can I grow to get the most yield?
2) which vegetables can I grow to get a some each year?
3) which soil would I need to use? Names please x
4) can anyone recommend any websites I can buy fruit and veg plants from?

Thanks
K
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  • Linda32Linda32 Forumite
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    Strawberries are pretty good for high yield and the plants last three years.

    With vegetables, you usually grow then new each year. It would be best to first think about which veg you eat more of, and go from there.
  • rosy10rosy10 Forumite
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    I would start with growing fruit/veg that you a) like to eat and b) is expensive/not widely available. So for me soft fruit such as raspberries or strawberries; salads/rocket etc.; plus I would look at 'family' trees - those that have more than one variety grafted.
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    edited 1 November 2018 at 10:18PM
    Are you considering growing espaliered or fan trained trees? as that's a great way of fitting trees into a small space while also increasing their productivity.

    I could fit 4, maybe 5 espaliered fruit trees in my garden. Many more if grown as cordons. Still leaving all of the ground available for lawn and/or other planting. Whereas a single freestanding tree would probably take up half of the garden if allowed to grow to full size.
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    Are you considering growing espaliered or fan trained trees? as that's a great way of fitting trees into a small space while also increasing their productivity.

    I could fit 4, maybe 5 espaliered fruit trees in my garden. Many more if grown as cordons. Still leaving all of the ground available for lawn and/or other planting. Whereas a single freestanding tree would probably take up half of the garden if allowed to grow to full size.

    Exactly,worth looking into and is not as difficult as it may seem, plus you could get fruit varieties that are not available in the shops at any price
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    I have a very small garden and the plant that is prolific (a bit of a thuggie too!) is an Oregan thornless blackberry. It grows long 'canes'- about 8ft- which can be trained against a wall. This year it was loaded with fruit which freeze well.
    I remember my mother had a loganberry which had similar growing properties and yummy fruit.

    I was given the blackberry, and the loganberry came from good old Woolies- which suggests these two don't need specialist suppliers- keep your eyes open in the supermarkets.
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    Family apple and pear is well worth the money. Paid £80 for the 2 trees.

    3 varieties on each tree. Last year we picked 10kg of one tree and 15kg of the other. So 25kg of apples and pears. Could have got more but we always seem to holiday when the fruit starts to drop, so quite a bit on the ground also but they go into the compost.

    Sophie name strawberries, overwinter without needing any cover and spread better than most weeds. One plant could be 100 in 2 years easily.

    Just chop the runners as required.
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    I would suggest raspberries again So easy to grow . Just cut out the old canes that have fruited and the new canes will fruit next year.
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    Most prolific for me is redcurrants.
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    K-Dot wrote: »
    Hi

    I’ve recently removed all my conifers in my garden and looking to replace them with fruit and vegetable plants/trees.

    I’m a total beginner at gardening so any tips would be helpful

    It’s not a huge garden so probably fit two fruit trees at the most with a few vegetable plants darted aroud.

    So my question is,
    1) which fruit can I grow to get the most yield? This is largely down to variety of fruit as opposed to fruits in general. You can get high and low yielding of most fruits. So you need to keep an eye on varieties that work well in your area. as an example he blackberry i got from B&M about 3 years ago has produced about 6 berries in its time. The brambles i cut back last year overgrowing my fence produced about 2kg of berries
    2) which vegetables can I grow to get a some each year? most are annuals. Your main ones are jerusalem artichoke, rhubarb and asparagus. The rest are pretty much what most people would call weeds, dandelions, sorrel, alliums et al
    3) which soil would I need to use? Names please x for most things a multipurpose compost mixed with organic matter (rotting things) will generally make plants grow. Others are more picky so things like trees might need a specific feed (fish blood and bone is a general one).
    4) can anyone recommend any websites I can buy fruit and veg plants from? going back to what i said earlier about varieties its hard to beat a locally grown tried and tested plant.

    Thanks
    K

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    I find Ken Muir's website very helpful and worth a read when contemplating varieties (and mostly fantasy gardening as I have not room for more) https://www.kenmuir.co.uk/


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