Use all of your available space! a little corner (34 inches by 48 inches) between the fence and the heat pump has become home to a ‘north pole’ columnar apple tree, 25 ’tillamook’ strawberries and a pot of something, that is covering a lid for access to some water pipe thingy. The columnar form of apple tree is not just a good fit for a tight spot. It (will, with some size) add architechural interest helping to visually break up the the large wall and enhancing the beauty of the garden. The tree will benefit from the protection from wind and reflected heat from the wall. It’s a win win!
For more info on columnar fruit trees check out Raintree Nursery, they are a great resource! They have lots of varieties that you will never see in the grocery store because they don’t travel or keep well, but taste better than anything you can get in the stores.
When you look at this photo, try imagining it like I see it…. an apple tree, 6 ft tall and covered in clusters of healthy rose blushed apples, at the base, green leaves overflowing with red ripe strawberries, sun shining, gentle breeze, songbirds and butterflies….. ahhhhh, that’s why we garden. 🙂
“We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time:
How much is enough?” Wendell Berry