Saturday, 5 September 2015

Easy fruit to grow in your backyard

*This is a collaborative post but photos are my own

There is something that is so much more rewarding about eating fruit that you have grown in your own garden as opposed to the standard produce that you buy in a supermarket. Perhaps it is the fact that you have
 tended it yourself, that it has come from your own soil or that you know how fresh it is. Picking your own homegrown fruit is such a lovely feeling, it is so satisfying to see your care and attention come to fruition.

As a newbie to growing fruit trees it's definitely worth getting some tips from experts. I found this advice on plum tree growing so helpful and here are just some of the other types of fruit you can grow in your backyard...

. Fig trees - not only do fig trees require very little attention (making them perfect for beginners), they also make an attractive addition to any garden with their exotic looking leaves. They are also self-pollinating, meaning that you only need one to get their fruit. You can also grow them in containers and bring them inside during the cold winter months. They should also produce two crops of fruit every year! 

. Apple trees - need plenty of sun to thrive, and the soil simply needs to be well-drained for them to grow well. They can get through a summer drought without too many issues. If you don’t have a huge garden space to work with, the dwarf and semi-dwarf varieties are good choices which bear fruit at a young age. Some selections are self-pollinating, while others will need another apple tree to cross-pollinate. 

. Blueberries - there have been a lot of studies in recent years detailing just how good blueberries are for your health, full of antioxidants, meaning they are one of the healthiest fruits to grow as well as being delicious. They need plenty of sunlight to do well, as well as moist, well-drained soil. A great tip is to make sure that they have the minerals that they need and nurture them by adding organic matter to the soil. 

. Summer berries - to grow blackberries and raspberries, you may need a bit more space to work with. You can either grow them in rows or attach them to a trellis depending on the type of space that you have available to work with. As like the other fruits and berries, they enjoy plenty of sun and well-drained, fertile soil to grow.

These are just a few of the plants you can grow as the best starting point for cultivating your own little fruit garden. It's so much fun and there are so many varieties to try, even if you don't have a huge amount of space available and are limited in how much time and attention you can offer, there is something for everyone!

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