Gardening can be a great way to feed your family. One thing gardeners wish there were more options for growing easily at home is fruits.
Best Fruits To Grow
The good news is that there are a lot of great easy to grow fruit options that may not come to mind when planning your garden.
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How do I grow fruit in my garden?
Some fruits will grow easier than others in your garden depending on your climate and more. Certain fruits do require more maintenance and work than others too. And some fruits take years to grow and harvest. Below I break down each fruit and pros + cons for planting, growing, harvesting.
Best Fruit to Grow in a Home Garden
Strawberries are the easiest fruit for home gardeners. These grow on small perennial plants that pop up each spring and read where planted making them a great option for families looking to grow fruit. Strawberries can thrive in a garden bed or pots allowing anyone to grow them.
Blueberries are a favorite fruit that can be grown in any garden. These sweet berries can be grown in large pots or placed into the ground in a sunny spot. Blueberries can make a great addition to your landscaping and after the first few years will produce a large yield making them rewarding to grow.
Many people with a fence line opt to grow grapes along the fence where they can grow wild and produce easily. Grapes can thrive on any sunny fence or trellis and take relatively little care as long as you prune them back each season. Opt for a sweet table variety for snacking.
Berry bushes are a great option for replacing shrubbery with something that can produce quality food. Plant berry bushes including raspberry, blackberry, or dive into less common fruits like elderberry Goji berry and empirical berries for your garden. Berry bushes are relatively low maintenance and will grow for years steadily producing more food each year.
Watermelons can be a very rewarding fruit to grow in your home garden. They do take up a large amount of space with their vines. To get the most of your space when growing melons you can use a trellis to train the vines up and off of the ground.
Fruits You Can Grow In a Container
Citrus like Meyer lemons can be grown in large patio pots anywhere you may live. While many people think of growing citrus in the south you are not limited from growing small varieties of citrus in northern areas. When the weather turns cold bring your Meyer lemons inside. The sweet blossoms smell amazing and will strive near a sunny south-facing window.
Fruits like strawberries and blueberries are also great options for container gardening if you are short on space.
Fruits To Grow In a Warmer Climate
If you live in a warm or tropical area bananas are one of the most rewarding fruits to grow. These beautiful plants grow tall and thrive if giving plenty of fertilizer. Right next to your compost pile is a great plan to help your banana plants survive. If you live in a cooler climate you can grow dwarf banana varieties in large pots that can come inside in the winter.
Pineapples are another great option for warm areas. These fruits are popular for their ability to grow from the tops of pineapples you buy at the grocery store to feed your family. Some people have had success with pineapples in cooler climates using a greenhouse or bringing inside when the weather turns cold. For faster fruiting purchase live plants rather than starting your own.