Growing your own vegetables at home can sometimes feel much more achievable than fruit, which seems to come with a much bigger list of complex growing requirements. It is true certain fruits, particularly exotic ones, do require a bit more knowledge and effort to grow.
However, there are plenty of fruits that you can grow yourself just as easily as your vegetables. Plus, you don’t need a ton of space to grow them either – there’s no need for an orchard!Any garden of any size and shape has a number of fruit trees to suit it.
Whether you grow fruit in hanging baskets, containers or even inside, there will be way you can grow and harvest your own delicious fruit crop. Here are some easy fruit trees for beginners:
Strawberries are incredibly delicious, particularly when you have picked them yourself from the garden. They are extremely hardy and versatile and you can grow them in hanging baskets, out of pots, or of course directly in the ground.
You can plant them out in March or April, or in October and you will need to pollinate them if you grow them inside. They require fertile and well drained soil away from particularly windy spots of the garden. Visit RHS for more information – https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/fruit/strawberries
Raspberries are self supporting, so do well in containers or in small patches in the garden. They also freeze really well which means you can pop a large crop in the freezer and continue enjoying it for long after the harvesting season.
They can be planted out in January, February, March, April, November or December. Raspberry plants love slightly acidic, fertile well drained soil which has no weeds. Visit RHS for more information – https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/fruit/raspberries
This famously hardy plant is extremely easy to grow and will thrive in many different types of gardens, even cold ones. You can plant it out in January, February, March, October, November or December.
Rhubarb plants like free draining soil and plenty of sunshine, although they can still happily grow in more shaded or cooler areas of the garden. Visit RHS for more information – https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/vegetables/rhubarb?type=v
Apple trees are real assets to a property, just make sure you choose the right size and type of tree to suit your garden. Where possible, two trees will be the most beneficial as they can then pollinate each other.
There are full sized apple trees and dwarf apple trees available, and the latter can be grown in containers, so you will be able to find something to suit your garden, whatever the size.
Plant out in January, February, March, November or December. Apple trees like sunny, well sheltered sites in well drained soil. Visit RHS for more information – https://www.rhs.org.uk/apples
Blackberries couldn’t be any easier to grow. They appear in hedges at the side of the road, at the side of car parks, growing up fences – they are hardy and will grow anywhere.
To avoid a mass of brambles in your garden, try growing a thornless variety so you can enjoy all the fruit, without the nasty skin pricks. It’s also worth growing the stems of the plant around wires so it’s easier to train and contain them.
Plant out in January, February, March and April and in a sunny but sheltered area of the garden with free draining soil. Visit RHS for more information: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/fruit/blackberries