But when I'm browsing seed and nursery catalogs, I start wishing we had just a little bit more space. As it is, for our miniature orchard in back of the house, we have our work cut out for ourselves each March as we prune full-size apple, cherry, pear and plum trees to manageable 12-foot heights. Standard-size trees have better root systems, making them better able to withstand drought and stave off stress/disease, but above ground, our babies need to be closer to dwarf/semi-dwarf size.
But if space weren't an issue ...
I'd plant hickory and pecan trees so we could have a variety of sweet nuts, not just almond and cursed black walnuts.
... Mulberry and elderberry bushes for jam and juice
... Concord and other easy-care labrusca grapes for juice and pies
... Enough sweet corn so we could freeze our own
... Enough popcorn to get us through the winter and all those batches of addictive caramel corn we give as gifts
... Grain corn, because the blue and red and other multi-color exotic varieties sound fun and delicious
... All the paste tomatoes I could find to compare the flavors ourselves and see which made the best sauce
... Beans in all the colors of the rainbow
For fleeting moments, I consider buying some of these seeds/shrubs/trees and asking to plant them on my brother's farm. After all, with nearly 150 acres, lack of space is the least of his concerns.
But, then we'd need to drive there regularly to tend our long-distance babies, and I realize: where would we find the time?