We all would like to consume organic fruits. As a gardener, you should know that how you grow your fruits has an effect on how sweet they are.
Moreover, it will also have an effect on their nutrient value.
If you want to know the truth behind this, you should compare fruits grown in a home garden with those grown in a commercial farm.
Here are some tips that will help you to get the sweetest and juiciest fruit from your garden:
Easy Fruit Gardening Tips
Fruits need plenty of water to grow. Make sure that you provide the roots with sufficient water.
However, you should not over-water your fruit plants. Make sure that the plants have adequate drainage.
2. Keep Them Healthy
Fruit plants are prone to getting viruses, which means that you should invest in high quality and virus-free seeds.
Pro tip: buy dwarf fruit trees propagated on a pest and disease resistant root stalk.
3. Prepare Your Soil
The more fertile your soil is the better the crop will be. To prepare your soil well, make sure that you till it properly and remove all the previous plants.
Alternatively, use an appropriate commercial potting mix especially for container grown fruit plants.
You also need to test your soil to ensure that it has the right PH balance. If it does not, you should add the right nutrients to it before you start planting.
Pears and apples are great examples of trees that require cross-pollination.
To get the best fruit, you need to have a blooming tree from a different species near them.
If you want to grow citrus fruit, you will not need to cross-pollinate.
5. Use Organic Compost
The best fertilizer for your fruit plants is compost that consists of kitchen refuse and organic peelings.
The right compost will also help your plants with the drainage issue. You can start your own compost pile in the home garden.
6. Where You Plant Matters
Fruit plants need plenty of sunlight to grow but you should conduct plenty of research about specific fruit plants.
Before you decide what to plant, you have to figure out how much direct sunlight the plant will get.
Most fruits need good circulation and a maximum of 6 to 8 hours of direct sun per day.
7. Easiest Fruits to Plant
If you are new to the world of gardening, you might be feeling a bit nervous about the easiest fruits to grow.
Here are some of the easiest fruits for a beginner to grow:
These are all soft fruits and they are much easier to grow in small spaces.
Because they grow quickly in small areas, they are much easier to grow than tree fruits.
If you have enough space for some apple trees, they are also easy to grow – moreover, you can choose from many varieties.
Here is a list of delicious fruits to grow on your balcony.
8. Seek Advice
If you do not know much about fruit farming or gardening, you should seek help from a local expert.
Make sure that you find local fruit growers who are experienced in the craft. Explain your situation and tell them that you would prefer to start small.
Your goal should be to harvest enough produce for your family and maybe a few neighbors.
If you have a limited schedule, you should let the expert know that too. You might get suggestions to grow soft fruits such as blueberries and strawberries.
It is okay to learn as you go.
When you choose high quality seeds, you can trust that they will grow well.
You should start working on your garden as soon as possible if you want to eat fruits next season.
Disclosure: This is a guest post by Wendy Dessler