Wouldn’t you love to grab a fresh, juicy peach or a handful of strawberries, from your own backyard? Below are some of the best fruits to grow in your own fruit garden, even if you have limited space. Before you plant, give some thought to where you want to place your fruit garden. Fruit trees and shrubs will be around for many years. Make sure you can provide the following:
Berries are an easy way to try your hand at growing fruit. Blueberries are attractive 3 season shrubs, with pretty white spring flowers, summer fruit, and gorgeous red, fall foliage. Growing blueberries requires some advance work, to ensure the soil is acidic enough, but the shrubs will live and produce for years. For a large harvest, you will need two varieties for good pollination. In cold winter climates, grow highbush blueberries, like ‘Bluecrop’. Gardeners in mild climates should opt for either rabbiteye or southern highbush varieties. You can also grow blueberries in containers.
Freshly picked strawberries are well worth the minimal effort it takes to grow them. You have a choice of 3 types: June bearing, which sets 1 large crop in June (nice for preserves and for freezing), Everbearing, which produce 2 -3 smaller harvests per season, and Day Neutral, which continually set small amounts of strawberries throughout the season.
Although strawberry plants are not difficult to grow, the plants don’t last forever. Expect to replace or rejuvenate them every 3 – 5 years.
Growing Raspberries and Blackberries
Raspberries and blackberries have always been backyard favorites, but older varieties could be rambunctious plants, spreading everywhere and covered in thorns that made harvesting a painful chore. Newer cultivars are much better behaved and thornless. The plants do require annual pruning, to keep them productive, but it is a quick job. Choosing early mid and late season varieties will extend your harvest for weeks.
Although grape vines are not hard to grow, you will face stiff competition at harvest time, from birds and other animals. Grapes need some type of trellis or support to grow on. There are also a lot of recommendations of how to prune them, but many people grow them quite successfully with a much more casual approach.
For easier care, look for a dwarf variety. You will also need two different apples tree varieties, for good pollination. To save space, look for trees with multiple varieties grafted onto one trunk, or opt for a small, columnar tree, that can be grown in a container.