Part of living sustainably is getting your food as locally as possible. To maximize the productivity, diversity, and sustainability of foods you get in your diet locally, it’s a good idea to know all the crops that produce the best in your climate using organic methods. There may be many potentially useful fruits available and adapted to your climate that you don’t know about.
This season I’m going to be experimenting with a number of unusual fruits as I lay out my yard with a new permaculture design. There are some fruits that do well where I live, and a lot that should, but don’t because of our soil or particular microclimate, or because we are trying to grow them organically. A number of unusual fruit have been making their way into nursery catalogs from around the world in recent years, and they have to potential become part of our diet because of their hardiness and disease resistance.
In this video, I take you through the first steps in growing goji and sea buckthorn, two unusual fruits that are hardy and do well without much effort, from seed. I will continue to keep you updated as the bushes grow and as I plant other unusual fruits this season.