Trees are the anchors in a food forest. Make them count by picking a variety of fruit and nut trees to feed yourself and the animals relying on you.
Here's a list of dryland fruit trees that I put together many years ago when I was looking for trees to plant on my Food Forest in New Mexico.
Australian Desert Lime
Ein Shemer Apples
Apricots (Kathy, Patterson)
Peaches (Desert Gold, Earligrande)
Asian Pear (Shinseiki)
Persimmon (Giant Fuyu)
Plums (Santa Rosa, Gulf Ruby)
Almonds (All in one self dwarfing, Garden Prince genetic dwarf)
Pecans (Western Schley, Colby, Desirable, Kanza)
Sea Berries (male and female)
Chestnuts (auburn Homestead, Colossal, Eaton)
Hazelnuts (Barcelona, Casina, Royal filbert)
Hickory (Missouri Mammoth)
Heartnut- Japanese heart shaped white walnut
Walnut (Cahmpion, Burbank, Thomas, Carathian
Pistachios (they need extra protection in case it gets cold but they like the hot)
If you know of any good fruit or nuts that grow well in dry climates, please comment them so I can add them to my list. If you have questions about what you should plant, leave a question and I'll run through my notes.
Written by: Page Ollice
Founder of Good Old Fashioned, Page has spent over 7 years researching off grid and sustainable living techniques to design one master project: A self reliant homestead in New Mexico that takes into account shelter, water, fuel, food, waste management, heat/cooling, and electricity. He is putting all his notes online open source for public use so that anyone can follow his plans to building their own autonomous, self-reliant homestead.
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