Over the last few years, there has been a lot of interest in self-sufficiency and growing your own food at home.

Generally, people with no background in home growing tend to stick to veggies as this is considered easy pickings.

Fruit tends to make people mutter and beat a hasty retreat as people feel that this much harder.

However, this does not need to be the case.

So if you would like to try your hand and grow some fruit at home, here are some helpful tips.

Space issues

One common misconception is that the space needed to grow fruit will prevent most people trying.

However, this is just not the case.

I have seen gardens with apple trees sprawling over the soil but equally have eaten many apples from trees grown in planters.

One of the advantages of having your fruit trees, be that apples or pears, in a container is that should you move house you can take them with you.

This also works really well for people who rent the property as sometimes landlords have restrictions on what can be planted.

You will need a reasonable size pot and a cane.

Just train the tree as it grows to stay close to the rod, which obviously you will site in the middle of the container.

Smaller plants

We are not talking about juvenile plants here.

Over the year’s plant specialists have developed dwarf or miniature varieties of some fruit bushes and trees.

So, when shopping for new plants look for this mentioned on the labels, or of course, ask the staff at the nursery for guidance.

You should be able to find a good range of raspberry, gooseberry and plum bushes in dwarf varieties.

You can utilise any wall or fence to grow trailing type plants and train them to follow the path you choose, taking advantage of the vertical space in your garden rather than impeding on the horizontal space if this is shorter supply.

Climate control

Obviously, the climate dictates what you can successfully grow so sadly in the UK citrus fruits and bananas are not a natural candidate, but all the fruits mentioned above should be able to thrive.

Another advantage of having your plants in pots is that you can move them to ensure that they are sited well to get the sun they need without getting parched should we have a particular run of sweltering days.

You can move them into the shade if you feel they are scorching or follow the path of the sun to make sure they get the maximum sun exposure each day.

So, growing fruit certainly is something that the complete beginner can achieve.

It just takes a little prior planning and checking out your local garden centres to find the best supply of dwarf fruit bushes and trees.

After that, you are good to go and should be able to look forward to eating crops you have grown yourself in no time at all.


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