Fruit plants that double as regular “yard” plants without a lot of special care include figs (Celeste is the best for us), blueberries, pomegranate, native plums, some apples and pears (“fire blight” resistant varieties only), Oriental persimmons, muscadine grapes (with annual pruning), pawpaw, tree quince, elderberry, mulberry, and potted citrus (kumquats, satsumas, lemons are easiest in pots).
10 Tips on Growing Dwarf Fruit Trees. I just planted about 8 new Dwarf Trees in my backyard, adding to the 4 I already had. For a small city lot, these are great. :) This year I have awesome pears, apples and sweet cherries.
Get The Most Out of Your Garden: Your Early Spring Planting Guide
Grow your own turmeric from the grocery store! Plant each rhizome about 2-3" deep into the soil & keep well watered. It should begin to sprout in about a month. In warmer climates, you can plant it directly into the ground in late January. In a cooler areas, start it in a pot, then move it outdoors when the ground warms up. Tumeric has many medicinal properties; think of it as Motrin, without the harmful side effects.