Fruits & Berries: A sweet addition to Your Garden

Do you want to enhance your backyard with minimal time and effort? Plant edible fruit trees or berries! These perennial plants are installed once and become more productive year after year, providing you a delicious supply of organic fruit!

Perennials also attract beneficial pollinators and require less maintenance than annual gardens: making them a great choice for busy gardeners and anyone interested in sustainability.

Gardeners of all ages will delight in picking fresh berries straight from the bine. Skip the grocery store prices for fruit grown across the country and plant your own.

Whether you want to create a beautiful berry trellis or add fruit trees to your landscape, Backyard Eats is here to help.

what fruit can i grow at home?

Many people are surprised at how quickly and easily they can harvest these homegrown berries:

  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Figs

We also offer rare and unique plants such as native pawpaws (the ‘banana of the north’), currants,  elderberries, currants, gooseberries, and serviceberries. Backyard Eats has selected only the most rewarding perennial crops for your backyard garden, including a wide variety of herbaceous plants for culinary inspiration, medicinal uses, and more!

Fruit Orchard or Food Forest?

We offer landscaping for two styles. Fruit orchards, including apple trees grown on espalier supports, are a way to further define a space, maximize production, or achieve a ‘modern farmhouse’ or modern homestead style.  While we offer the largest and healthiest trees and shrubs we can find, an orchard will still take some time to mature.  For that reason, we typically consider planting strawberries and faster-maturing crops among the maturing trees to allow for an “immediate” harvest.

Food forests are a style of planting slow-maturing trees and shrubs, alongside faster-maturing woody and herbaceous perennials, and even annuals!  The appearance, yield, and maintenance needs of a food forest will change over time, with the last 15 years being very different from the first 15 years.  All plants are companions in a food forest, with a canopy layer provided by fruit and nut trees, an understory berry grove, and a peppering of diverse herbs, pollinators, medicinals, and other functional plants. 

Aesthetics, drainage, sun exposure, function, irrigation, and durability are all key elements considered in the design phase for both formal orchards and food forests. Backyard Eats offers full-service maintenance for all of our installations, including formal orchards and food forests.

We provide the largest trees and shrubs whenever possible.  While some suppliers claim to have “fast growing trees,” we know that the only healthy and productive tree is one that is planted in a well-considered location and given ongoing care.

How Our Process Works

DESIGN

We’ll help you identify the best location for your fruit and berry plants based on factors like sunlight exposure and soil type. We will produce a 3D rendering of your orchard or food forest, set in the context of your home and yard. 

BUILD

We’ll source the largest and healthiest trees and plants: even unique varieties. Once your garden is built, we will transfer the plants from our nursery into your garden. Our expert installation team will ensure that your plant is placed in the best location.

Maintain

We will install your plants and ensure that they’re getting proper care, including drip irrigation for deep and consistent watering. We also offer a variety of seasonal and ongoing maintenance services so you can enjoy your garden for years to come!