Many people happily plant and enjoy home-grown vegetables, but many people shy away from growing their own fruit. For some reason people seem to think that growing fruit is complicated and difficult. In fact, if
Many people happily plant and enjoy home-grown vegetables, but many people shy away from growing their own fruit. For some reason people seem to think that growing fruit is complicated and difficult. In fact, if you choose the right fruits it is just as easy, if not easier, than growing your own vegetables.
When it comes to easy, you simply can’t beat these five fruits.
Perhaps the easiest of all fruits to grow at home are strawberries. You need very little space to grow them.
They can be grown in amongst your flowers, in rows in amongst the veg or in baskets. If you are tight on space just choose some of the smaller varieties. You can also buy special pots, which allow you to plant seven of eight plants in the space just one pot would take up.
Another home grown favourite is raspberries. These rich red flavour bullets are fantastic eaten fresh from the cane or added to smoothies. They freeze well and make a lovely sauce to pour over ice cream. You plant the canes in the autumn to harvest in the summer. If you plant several varieties, you can easily enjoy fresh raspberries from your garden from June right through to October.
Again, you do not need much space. They will happily grow in containers or pots. Provided you prune them properly, you can harvest year after year.
Blueberries not only give you a fantastic super food to enjoy whenever you want. The plants and flowers also look beautiful.
They need an acidic soil to grow well, but even if you have alkaline soil, you can still grow them. All you need to do is to dig out a small patch and replace it with acidic soil that you buy from your garden centre.
Blueberries are another plant it and leave it fruit, which will bear a large crop for at least 3 years. Just remember to water them with rainwater. This is because most tap water contains too much lime for blueberries.
Rhubarb is a hardy plant. Once it is established, there is no stopping rhubarb. It does best in a semi-shaded, but sunny spot. You need to plant it with a little fertiliser to help it to be established. It takes a year to be established, so do not expect a crop until the second year. After that, it will fruit every single year for decades to come.
Blackberries are a wonderful fruit, which complements other fruits like apples or pears perfectly. It likes to climb, so is perfect for planting in a corner. Many people plant it next to the shed. If you are worried about the prickles, don’t because you can easily buy thorn less varieties.
The best bit about growing your own fruit is that all these fruits are available to buy online. You can order them mid week sitting on the couch and be planting them at the weekend. It really could not be easier to grow your own fruit. Not only does it taste great it is far cheaper than buying from the supermarket. If you buy a starter pack of five or six trees you can normally secure a significant discount.