Our Pomegranate Tree & Why You Should Plan For An Edible Landscape

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It’s time to find our Pomegranate tree a permanent home in our yard and that’s not such an easy decision…..I am fairly sure we bought it at one of our local gardening club sales when it was very tiny but as you see it’s getting bigger and well deciding where to plant a tree is a huge decision in our house especially when every corner of the yard is practically full!

I wouldn’t have even thought about this little tree except on Twitter I had a recent conversation with my friend Mr. CBB at Canadian Budget Binder who is a fellow gardening enthusiast and he has a beautiful picture of his Pomegranate tree in this post here.  His tree has a beautiful blossom on it now ours bloomed this past Spring although it looks like it has a bloom waiting on it now.

One of our goals at our Lil’ Suburban Homestead is to have an edible landscape that is why we have a nice sized herb garden with a wide variety of herbs, pear trees that line the side of our house, two blueberry bushes pindo palms that fruit, three fig trees, one blackberry and one blueberry bush, a peach tree, an almond tree,  an apple tree and a couple of grape vines.   I am probably forgetting something but we decided when we moved into our house in 2005 that wouldn’t it be really cool if not only we worked towards having a beautiful more natural yard but an edible landscape as well.  We have all of that and the chickens, the gardens, the greenhouse, and the bees on only a 1/3 of an acre so you can too!  We have scaled back on our chickens and we are moving some of our bees to hosts that have been so kind to offer their land in the country.

So many people overlook that you can create an abundant food source right smack dab in the middle of suburbia or even in an urban environment!  We actually had started a lot of the edible landscaping at our previous historic home and my heart ached at leaving a peach tree that was bent over with an abundance of fruit all over it but it was time for us to start our next chapter in our lives.

The more foods that you can grow on your own property is a resource you will have for years to come.  I so look forward to the figs fruiting and going out and collecting them it’s a lot of work to try to beat the birds and the wasps to them.  Over time you learn with an edible landscape when to harvest what fruits early for example the squirrels love our grapes and one year we lost our whole crop to them 🙁  We now pick them a little early for good measure and to ensure they end up in our bellies instead. 🙂

Well I am finishing up my first cup of coffee I hope you enjoyed seeing our little Pomegranate Tree….by the way do you have an edible landscape or have you thought about having one?  Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping by and commenting I love hearing from all of you!

Fondly,

 

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16 thoughts on “Our Pomegranate Tree & Why You Should Plan For An Edible Landscape

  1. I love Pomegranates, but never know when to plant. I am in FL so possibly we could have them year ’round? I guess I should start at my county extension office?

    1. Bobbi yes or just your local gardening club….gardeners love to answer questions and many of the most experienced gardeners will often volunteer at your local extension office. Another place is to join us on Garden Chat on Twitter just type in hashtag Gardenchat #gardenchat and you will find other gardeners in your area that will be happy to answer your questions…Monday nights at 9pm.

  2. That’s awesome Karen! Unfortunately I can’t plant mine in the ground so it will be coming indoors with us, at least I don’t think I can. The lime tree is going great as well. I have to split my pomegranate tree this week as there is about 5 in one pot. If I can grow them on I will sell them.

    1. Mr. CBB I have had absolutely no luck with citrus my husband has bought me 2 lemon trees and neither has made it 🙁 He said we did not baby them enough because gardening is so easy here but citrus is not so easy for us!

  3. Fruit and nut trees. These are the ones I have planted repeatedly and have had to move each time they get to the point of producing-uhg.
    My one apple tree now has a lot of fruit, the trick is them ripening before bad weather. I prefer to leave them on the tree as long as possible. My nut tress are far from mature, and I also have 3 plum trees that came up in my compost and I moved them to spots where they had room to grow. The deer are very hard on two of them.
    The strawberries and blackberries are a constant battle with birds, both robins and cedar waxwings. I have netting on everything.

    I would love to plant more edible landscaping. I have considered swapping out my flowers bed right by the house, which the deer ravish each fall!

    1. Carol my almond tree is far from mature too. I am impressed that you have 3 plum trees how do they do? I can’t believe how long plums will last in the fridge when I buy them in bulk at a local warehouse shopping club. By the way I so know the battle with the birds but we do not have waxwings but our birds are fast and constantly try to grab our blackberries! We would like to replace some of our boring landscape out front with more edible hedges etc…just trying to figure out what will work best for us! So glad you stopped in 🙂

  4. I was given a pomegranate tree and planted it but sadly it struggled through the drought in 2011. I kept it alive with heavy mulch & kept it watered, but the consecutive year of drought last year was too much for it & it died. But I do have edibles in my landscape, including miniature Jonathan apple trees and blueberry bushes as well as lacy carrot tops and oregano groundcover in my front flower beds. I love it!

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

    1. I love the idea of using oregano as a ground cover that sounds wonderful! Sorry about your pomegranate tree I have been told my very experienced gardeners in our area that they grow easily in our climate so I guess its not that impressive that we kept ours alive but I still am excited to watch it grow up 🙂 I so enjoy edible gardening and I think its great you do too! Have you posted about your Jonathan Apple Trees?

  5. Love pomegranate! Our house is great, however, we don’t plan on staying here for more than three-four years. I really want to plant fruit trees but always think how awful it will be to leave them behind when we move. Did you have any experience with growing trees in big containers or pots? I thought about trying that but need to research it a bit more first.

    1. Lee we have our apple tree, blackberry bush, and our raspberry bush all in pots……I absolutely understand about not wanting to leave them behind……it broke my heart to leave that peach tree so full of fruit. After months of dreaming of canned peaches and making apple pies you know what I mean. I would be practical too about how I bring my edible garden in and cautious about having too much stuff to move..plants have a way of multiplying. So glad you stopped in and thanks for your comment 🙂

  6. I have an autistic son who wanted a banana tree. Granted he won’t eat them anymore but I bought one. We planted it last week. We are renting so I hope it will inspire the next family who will live here in the future. The property has an apricot tree and mandarin orange tree. My neighbors trees hang over our fence so we have year found oranges and figs. I also got a mini meyer lemon tree but I will keep that in a big container on wheels so it can go with us. I have potted strawberries, blueberry bush, tomatoes, basil, sage, mint, lavender, nasturtiums and a very slow growing pumpkin vine. We have to keep our backyard grass green as in our lease. It’s killing me. I want to make a garden sooo badly. It’s my water $$$. Well maybe I’ll muster the guts to ask, well see.

    1. Courtney wow you have a lot going on on your edible landscape…….I love the meyer lemon trees I just haven’t been able to keep one alive ;)……maybe your landlord will allow you to have a garden when he/she sees how nice you are keeping the property it sounds like you are well on your way. I can’t wait to hear how the banana tree turns out how much long will you be living there?

    1. Mary it has taken us a long time to gather all of our fruit trees but its worth it so glad you stopped by 🙂

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