This is related to preparedness and survival because it’s about survival food from fruit and nut trees.
We might be inclined to think landscaping with fruit or nut trees is trendy or at least something new within the past two or three decades. But people who lived in rural areas in past generations have done it for quite a long time. They saw value in having trees that served as windbreaks or boundaries which also provided food for survival.
This came to mind after the hot dog roast because we picnicked near a mulberry tree in a pasture. Our conversation turned to mulberries for a minute.
I remember a mulberry tree at the end of our driveway where I spent most of my growing up years. We’d have bowls of mulberries with sugar and milk over them. It was a nice summer treat.
We also had an apricot tree, but it only produced in abundance one year. My mom made plenty of yummy apricot preserves.
That evening as we ate the hot dogs and marshmallows that we cooked over the fire, someone asked about a row of trees not far away that bore small fruits. Dean, the senior citizen among us, said they were wild plums and that they’d be good for making jelly. I wondered to myself whether our hostess would go to the trouble to make jelly or if the plums would go to waste.
Dean said there was also a wild cherry tree nearby. That reminded me of some cherry trees we had near the house I lived in as a toddler. I have a memory of eating a bowl of cherries by candlelight one stormy night when the power was out. I’ve liked cherries ever since.
As if the plum and cherry trees on our host’s property weren’t enough, Dean said there were some hazel nut trees down by a pond nearby. But he said you have to harvest the hazel nuts at just the right time, or the squirrels would get them. It was obvious that Dean, as the old timer, was the only one in our group knowledgeable about such things.
Not only are food bearing trees, shrubs and vines useful, but they’re beautiful, too. The sight and smell of peach or apple blossoms makes spring more delightful.
To get your own knowledge about edible landscaping and how it can provide you with food for survival, get Landscaping With Fruit, by Lee Reich.
Part of a description about this book says it “…is a complete, no-nonsense guide to growing temperate-zone fruit, with information on everything from planting and pruning to pest control and harvesting. Readers will find all the basics of landscaping with fruit — site analysis, climate assessment, understanding soil and sun, plant selection, and optimizing growing conditions. An encyclopedia of 38 plants includes information for each entry on hardiness, size, potential pests, special care and pruning, harvesting, and visual appeal.”
This comprehensive book will be useful to you whether you’re in town or in the country. To order Landscaping With Fruit click on it’s title wherever you see it linked in this post. You’ll be taken to the page where it’s featured. Then place your order there.
There’s another benefit to having this book. If you get familiar with the various plants used for edible landscaping, then the next time you’re out and about, you’ll see sources of food for survival you didn’t know were there. That knowledge just might save someone’s life–maybe your own.