1 "flagpole" apple tree. This one occupies about 4 sq feet of ground space, and is 8 feet tall. The fruit are good, but not very produtive. I need to work on my pruning methods. Last year there were about 25 apples on this tree.
1 muiltigraft pear. The multigraft allows for pear production without having to buy a pollinating tree We have been eating pears for the past 2 weeks, every day.
5 sweet cherry trees. My partner loves cherries, and eats them by the bowl-full.
5 grape vines on an arbor. This takes almost no garden space, since the arbor covers a pre-existing deck. Another vine over a gate, again occupies essentially no garden space.
Multiple berry bushes and plants.
No Black Mission. I have King, White Marseilles (Lattarula, Blanche), Petite negri, Brunswick (Magnolia), and Hardy Chicago. Most of them I grew from cuttings.
A lot of the information on growing figs came from a Georgia website.
I have some plum seeds planted, but no idea about what will happen with them.
I'm double posting this pic because the comment thread is transient, and it's relevant here. Sweet cherries are either in bloom, or about to. This year they have the most flowers ever. Here is the maintenance pruning I did July 18th -
I took off about 3 or 4 feet of new growth, leaving about 6 inches on each branch. I also cleared some center growth because, unlike California, we don't get so much sun here in SW Washington. When I do this, I always think "I've ruined the trees for next year's crop". But here they are now. The L tree is not quite in full bloom. The right tree branches are covered with flower bud clusters - the most ever.
Similar, this Hollywood plum. I don't know if it will get many or any fruit - we had frost when it was in bloom. The flowers are beautiful, pink flowers. The leaves and plums are maroon. Even the plum juice is maroon. They are so much better than grocery plums, they don't seem like the same species.
This is my little backyard orchard, or part of it. The trees in bloom include a 5-variety grafted pear, another sweet cherry, and a 3-variety grafted sweet cherry. The multi's take some special care but have the advantage of various ripening times, different fruit varieties, and superior pollination. Horticulturalists pan them as gimmicks. I have several and I like them, but they take care not to allow a vigorous branch to dominate the less vigorous.
Below is a 3-variety grafted Asian pear. Asian pears are SO GOOD. And like the plums, the grocery varieties are no competition. This tree is in its 4th year.
I'm keeping my mulberry pruned small - not more than 7 or 8 feet tall once it gets to that. Currently is is only 3 years old and 4 feet tall. I prune it to train for a well branched, open center tree. That way, I can cover with a net to keep birds out, and I can reach all of the berries without a ladder. That's my theory - I'm not aware this has been done. It works with figs, which are distant cousins. And with many other fruit trees.
Monica, thanks! Home orchards are great! You can get such good fruit, you'll never want grocery fruit again.