When someone asks me what my favorite most useful tree on the homestead is I’m quick to answer, The Mulberry Tree! This usually surprises the person asking the question as this tree is considered a burden to many homeowners. In this podcast episode I’ll talk about why I believe it is one of the best trees you can have on your homestead.
When it comes to growing an abundance of bush fruits on your homestead, or as I like to call it “building your own nature’s candy factory” there are a few things to consider like,what to grow, how much to grow, where to grow them, and how to maintain them. Even after taking all these things into consideration it is my opinion that growing berries on your homestead is one of the most beneficial uses of your time, space and energy when it comes to growing your own food.
Strawberry plants are inexpensive and hardy, but growing them can be rather frustrating. Their shallow roots make it difficult for them to compete with weeds and their low lying habit makes for much bending and crawling on the ground to care for them. Birds, fungus, and slugs love them and, because the berries touch the ground, these predators have easy access. But there is a better way!