Help us plan a garden and yard's contents!
Location - New Paltz area, NY
We purchased some land by New Paltz and are looking to build a small cozy home there soon. We currently live on a tiny 50x50 plot in the Boston area with no place to grow anything other than a few containers, but we both grew up in rural area with all kinds of good things growing fresh. Neither of us is from the NE/NY area, so we don't know what grows well in the area or what is OK to grow (I heard some currant varieties are not allowed?). We've plenty of space on the new land, so no worries about being short on room. Short on time, maybe... :).
We desire flavor above all else for fruit, etc. and of anyone has flower suggestions, fragrance is primary. We'd also like to see if we can spread blooming across the entire Spring, Summer and as late as possible into the Fall combined with trees and bushes. Native plants are a plus, too!
We're also interested in anything that might be interesting to grow that is flavorful and a little out of the ordinary. We're not talking about the standard yearly garden crops like corn, squash, herbs or tomatoes but plants that will last for years and do well in the area.
What we're considering so far:
Varieties of red and black currants
Blackberries and raspberries
Apples (Pink Lady, Honey Crisp)
Nuts like hazelnuts, pecans and walnuts
Flowers - really we are at a loss here as to what would do well in the area. There are (we think anyway, thorny bushes with white flowers) wild roses everywhere that we'd like to make use of.
Thanks for any thoughts, suggestions and ideas! We look forward to what the community has to say.