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  • Writer's pictureColleen


When you are first starting out, it can be daunting to figure out what to plant first? What will produce a good yield? What is going to be low maintenance? What will give you the most bang for your buck?

My advice is to go with berries!

Our favorite berries are raspberries. We started out with 5 plants 5 years ago and without doing any maintenance of an kind, those 5 little baby plants have filled in 20 feet of fence line and provide us with enough berries to feed us and our chickens fresh fruit all summer, with enough extra to make all the jam and desserts we need year round, and have enough to share with family and friends. It did take us about 2 years to reach this yield, but that is still a very quick turn around, and we were able to harvest some at least that first year.

If you are struggling with where to start, my first suggestion is always fruit because its perennial, so you only need to buy it once, but its also low maintenance, with high yields, and so many uses. But of all the berries, I would say raspberry is my favorite.

Another option in addition to fruits to think about are nut trees. If you are a fan of nuts, I would suggest nut trees for the same reasons as fruit. They are perennial, with high yields, low maintenance and they don't need a lot of space, but if you give it to them, they can fill a lot of space quickly.

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