Are you looking for some healthy, economical fun that brings the whole family together? It’s as close as your own yard! Growing fruit is fun for everyone in the family, from toddler to grandpa.
Planting or pruning, picking or partaking, even just admiring the blossoms gets everybody outdoors and active.
Eating healthy is more fun when the snack is something you’ve grown yourself. Children will develop sound, lifelong eating habits when they participate in growing what they eat. Whether child or adult, who can resist a fresh, juicy peach or a handful of glistening red currants they’ve just picked?
You’ll enjoy the freshest fruit possible. Home-grown fruit will be at the peak of flavor and conveniently close when harvested from your own garden, rather than spending days on a truck to market.
Unique, flavorful varieties of more common fruits are usually only available from expensive mail-order catalogs, or not at all. (Did you know there are more than 1100 varieties of apple?) But the vast choice of varieties you can grow yourself is often limited only by your climate.
Fruit gardening allows you to be environmentally responsible. Techniques for sustainability - minimizing pesticide use, building the soil, and encouraging beneficial insects are all important aspects of home fruit gardening.
You can save a bushel of money growing your own. Many people complain that some fruit, like raspberries, are too expensive to enjoy regularly. That may be true when the fruit is purchased at the store, but not so when you grow your own.
Adding berry bushes and fruit trees to a garden will enhance the value of a home and yard.
Worried that you don’t know where to begin? Starting a fruit garden is fun, easy, and educational. Here are some articles to get you started:
Choosing Fruit to Grow in Your Climate
Fruit Gardening — Is Your Soil Right for it?
Perfect Place for a Fruit Garden
Selecting the Right Fruit Tree or Berry Bush
Pollination — A Sexy Time in the Fruit Garden
Growing Fruit in Containers
©2013. Adapted from the Backyard Berry Book: A hands-on guide to growing berries, brambles, and vine fruit in the home garden and the Backyard Orchardist: A complete guide to growing fruit trees in the home garden by Stella Otto.