To be a true wilderner, you must learn to become a food grower yourself. And you accomplish this by starting to grow your own food forest in your backyard. A food forest means that all the plants in your backyard or even front yard must be bear fruits or must be edible. We have no qualms about the modern world. However, our calling to become a more self-sustainable person urges us to be more independent of the commercial food system. Starting to grow dwarf fruit trees will get your going in sustaining yourself eating mostly homegrown.

Consider these two fruit trees. Food growers found them to give back a bountiful harvest when properly taken care of.

FIG TREE

You need to know that there are a lot of fig tree varieties available for planting. Thus, before you grow dwarf fruit trees, it would be wise to consult your local nursery first. They will help you decide on which variety type is better suited to your climate. If you have severe winters you might want to consider the Brown Turkey Fig.

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A fig tree is a dwarf fruit tree that generally gives off two crops in a year. The first one will usually be smaller than the second one. The fruits will stop ripening once removed from the tree so it is best to wait as long as possible before picking off the fruits. Figs are generally easy to plant and grow. They require only that you prune them during the latter part of the winter season, which is why the fig is a good candidate to start with when you are just beginning this journey.

GRAPES

You probably expected this tree to be hard to take care of. However, more and more food gardeners actually recommend growing dwarf fruit trees and this include growing your own grapes. If you think that’s worth the shot, make sure you ask your local nursery first. They can provide you with schematics or directions on how to construct a good trellis frame that the vine can climb unto.

All a grapevine needs is a good source of sunlight, well-draining soil, and a yearly pruning to direct the vine on where to grow. This also causes the plant to put out more fruit. After the roots have settled in, the following harvests will be more bountiful. Think about picking your own fully ripened grapes just a few steps from your door. The Grapevine is definitely worth a try.