I'm starting to receive seed magazines in the mail so it brings me to planning for next year. Every year since we've lived here, I've set a goal of planting at least 2 perennial plants. Some have made it and others haven't but I keep going because the planning, planting, pampering and seeing if it took is an exciting part of the gardening process for me.
Two years ago I planted two apple trees, Sweet Sixteen and Honeycrisp. The Honeycrisp died last year so I plan to replace that. My strawberries and raspberries were doing very well last year so I'm hoping they come back. Two years ago we planted honeyberries (similar to a blueberry but don't require acidic soil) and they are doing well. Our asparagus patch was doing exceptionally well last year also so I hope I'm through the worst with that. The hardest part is establishing the asparagus patch. We also planted currants last year that were doing well. We already have established plum trees here and I planted mulberry trees a few years back.
I've tried planting goji berries and they died the first year, prior to winter even. I've also tried planting hardy kiwi but that didn't make it. I tried planting black raspberries and the plants lived but never produced any fruit. Maybe I will still get something from that.
This year I am thinking I would like to try planting cherries and blackberries. We love blackberries and they are expensive. I found a blackberry grower who swears his plants are good to zone 2 so they should be good here. I'm willing to give it a try. Our neighbors have a beautiful cherry tree that inspired me to plant a cherry tree.
I'm still tossing around the idea of planting goji berries. They are supposed to be very healthy and should grow here. I've also toyed with the idea of planting grapes but I think those are more labor intensive.
Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions? Any other zone 3/4 gardeners out there?