I cleaned out the berry garden about a week ago and in the process, made myself a vacant garden bed, ready to be planted. Normally that would be something I’d be happy about, but the reason it is now vacant is because every raspberry & blackberry bush I had planted last year had died. Now I have an empty garden bed and I haven’t decided what to do with it. Paul was talking about making another larger raspberry / blackberry patch on one of the sloping hills and maybe I’ll just put new bushes there instead. But my thinking was that I would keep it a permanent perennial garden and have it fenced from the scratching & snacking chickens. I suppose we could start grapes there, but I’d honestly like to have a larger area for them. I’ve also been thinking about planting hazelnut bushes and maybe that would be a good place for them. Guess I’ll be thumbing through the garden magazines again.
Anyone have an idea for what type of fruit / berry / something yummy I could start here? Something that will come up year after year. We’re in zone 6B. The area is approximately 4 ½’ wide x 20’ long with some late afternoon shade. Not sure what type of soil we have (acid / alkaline) because I haven’t tested it yet (bad gardener, no parsnip).
I’d love to hear your suggestions. Pretty please! (Insert whiney voice here)