The Pacific Northwest has been and continues to be one of the main sources of fruit for the world. Why not grow more fruit yourself? Then you can control exactly what fertilizer and pesticides are applied. If you have limited space, berries are your best choice. My favorite strawberries are the day neutral or continuous bearing type. They bear fruit continuously from June through October. Tri-Star, Tribute and Seascape are popular continuous bearing varieties. Strawberries and blueberries can be worked right into an ornamental landscape. Strawberry plants make good ground covers. Blueberries, with a little pruning, are attractive shrubs. Raspberries and blackberries need some support but a row does not take up a lot of space. Grapes can be very ornamental on a trellis or fence.

Just about all the deciduous tree fruits can be grown here. Apples, pears, cherries, and plums are the most successful. Apples, pears, sweet cherries and some plums, apricots, peaches and nectarines need two varieties for cross pollination. Peaches and nectarines need a spring application of lime-sulfur to prevent leaf curl just as the new leaves are emerging. Dwarf and semi-dwarf tree forms are available. Trees with multiple varieties grafted on the same tree are available in some nurseries. I purchased two espalier grafted fruit trees and have trained them on wires which only require about a 4 foot by 20 foot space.