Always fancied growing your own fruit but don’t have space for an orchard?
Well believe it or not, there are loads of fruit plants that can easily be grown in small gardens, and even in a container on your patio or balcony. Growing fruit in containers is perfect because they don’t take up much space and can easily be moved inside if they need protecting from the British climate over winter.
When choosing your tree or bush – make sure you take note of the label. Apple trees for example come in lots of different sizes, so you need to make sure you are buying a dwarf variety that won’t grow too large for your pot or garden.
The staff at your local garden centre should be able to help with this. Make sure you also choose varieties of tree and shrub that are self-fertile and will pollinate themselves, it’s much better if you’re short on space and will ensure you get a good crop of fruit to enjoy.
Make your pot the biggest you can fit in the space available, roughly the size of a barrel or half a dustbin. There are three advantages to bigger pots – they hold more food, more water and have more space for strong root growth.
Fruit is so easy to grow, and it always tastes sweeter when you have grown it yourself! There is a huge variety of fruit trees or bushes to suit every garden size and aspect, so you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your space.
To help you choose, here’s my pick of the top five fruits to try at home: