IF YOU'VE ACTUALLY eaten fresh home-grown fruits straight from their plants before, you will truly appreciate how fresh and delicious they are compared to the standard run-of-the-mill stuff sold in supermarkets! Home grown fruits are not only healthier, more nutritious, and more tasty, they are actually very easy to grow as well!
So if you love being outdoors and eating fresh fruits in the spring and summer, home gardening is an ideal pastime to pick up. Planting a fruit garden also has many benefits. When you are out in the garden, it helps to lessens stress by reducing blood pressure and clearing the mind. Gardening helps you save money on groceries, as well. Also, did we mention home grown fruits are always the best-tasting - you don't pick the plants until you feel that they are perfectly ripe! It’s incredibly convenient and also environmentally conscious. Best of all, you don’t need actual experience to start your very own fruit garden! Learn about these 7 amazing plants that you can start growing and bearing fruits.
Kiwi Fruits are known as “The Fruit of The Future”. Native to the mountains and hills of southwestern China, the Kiwi was introduced to the United Kingdom, Europe, United States, and New Zealand between 1900 to 1910 from China. Commercial plantings were made in New Zealand about 1930 and have become widespread over the last 20-30 years.
Kiwi plants have been tested in New Hampshire and upper New York State where they survived 25 degrees F below zero temperatures. They are attractive growers that require a sunny location, preferably with wind protection. They can be grown in different types of soils; however, the soil must be well drained. The vines take very little maintenance-just pruning and support to hold about 100 lbs. of fruit for a mature plant. These fruits are very high in Vitamin C and its use in recipes are endless. Learn more about the Kiwi plant here.
The Dragon Fruit is an amazing orchid cactus, related to the epiphyllum. It blooms at night with fragrant flowers lasting only until morning. Take care to place it in a sunny location and water occasionally when dry. Hand pollinate when the flowers are open to produce fruit. The fruit is low in calories and offers numerous nutrients, including Vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, plus fiber and antioxidants. It takes about two to three years to reach maturity. The sweetly-flavored fruit tastes like a cross between a kiwi and a pear. Learn more about the Dragon Fruit here.
Dwarf Pomegranate Plant
Pomegranates are native to Southeastern Europe and Asia. These small plants flower delicious fruits, and flourish with bright green leaves and scarlet flowers. They are easy to grow and bright up the room as a bonsai ornamental. Learn more about the Dwarf Pomegranate Plant here.
The best tasting of the ever bearing strawberries (and a great-tasting berry, period), 'Evie' produces a large crop of medium-size, firm, deep red fruit over a long period. Its superb flavor makes it an excellent fresh-eating and dessert berry, and its firm texture ensures that it also freezes well. 'Evie' is a much better tasting and producing berry than 'Ozark Beauty'. It is excellent for the garden, strawberry jar or patio pot. From a spring planting you'll get a late crop the first year and a full-season crop there after. These plants are resistant to red stele and verticillium wilt. Learn more about the Strawberry Plant here.
Thornless blackberries plants are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9. They require rich, moist, soil and full sun exposure to thrive. Thornless blackberries prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH ranging from 6.5 to 7. These are large black fruit with great taste, high in anti-oxidants, contain anti-carcinogenic nutrients, and are high in vitamins, A,C, E and K as well as foliate, magnesium, calcium and potassium. Learn more about the Blackberry Plant here.
These spicy-sweet thick-skinned grapes are an old Southern favorite and are found growing wild throughout the lower South. They thrive with little care, and the vines can remain productive for 100 years! Modern breeding has brought us a wonderful range of varieties: wine grapes for the home vintner and jelly maker, plus delicious fresh-eating varieties, some as large as golf balls! Learn more about the Grape Plant here.
You truly don’t need a lot of experience or tools to start your very own fruit garden. All you need is a sunny windowsill or a small space on your balcony or in your yard. As for tools, all that's required is a small trowel and a basic organic fertilizer. If you’re growing indoors or in containers outdoors, you can buy pots for your plants or use deep containers like a bucket, serving bowl or colander that has holes for drainage. Make sure to fill them up with organic potting soil, as this drains much better than dirt imported from your yard. Once you've got all your tools, plants and seeds, all you need is a little elbow grease!
Fruit gardening is a rewarding experience, because you end up with a delicious harvest. If you enjoyed the ripe, fresh fruits like us, then you should strongly consider growing some delicious plants in the next growing season.