Sustainable organic gardening tips for Growing Fruit Trees. Learn about planting and caring for fruit trees, and how to grow fruit trees and bushes like raspberries, blueberries or strawberries.
Do you love fruit and
berries like I do? They are definitely a highlight in the garden! The
flavours and quality of your home grown fruit is just so much
better than supermarket produce and even more important: it is
nutrient dense! Enough of a reason for me to grow as much of it as
possible! And organic fruits and berries are very expensive to
buy ...so why not grow them at home?
Fruit trees and bushes
can be integrated into any garden even if the area is quite small. Most
fruit trees are grafted onto what's called a rootstock. The
'strength' of that rootstock is what determines the size of the tree.
Some modern dwarf varieties of apple trees, for example, can
be grown in containers because they are so small. Look for the ones that have different varieties grafted
onto them so you can harvest different types of apples from the same
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How To Grow Fruit Trees
Growing fruit trees is
also a great long term investment of your time, money and space. A
fruit tree can yield for many decades with little care and effort
needed once established. Fruit bushes like red currants or raspberries
can also produce for many many years. That's much easier and a lot
less work than growing vegetables!! They also provide shelter, food
and habitat for beneficial creatures like birds or insects.
Fruit trees are best
planted in an open sunny position
The soil should be free
draining with good depth
The size of the fully
grown tree determines how much space you will have to give to your
Fruit trees grow best
if grass is kept away around them. You can either keep a thick
layer of mulch around the base or plant companion plants like
comfrey, mint, lupins, daffodils or smaller fruit bushes around the
trees. Green manure is also a good option.
Fill the hole with a
couple of shovels full of the above mixture
Place the rootball into
the planting hole so that the tree is at the same soil level as
Refill the soil mixture
around the rootball without leaving any pockets
Firm in well
Water in well with
plenty of water to wash the soil onto the roots
Stake the tree if
Caring For Fruit Trees
Keep the tree well
watered during dry spells until they are well established
Prune trees as necessary
fertilizer only if necessary during spring and early summer. Nitrogen
fixing plants like lupins can help to provide some of the Nitrogen
needed. Comfrey, a dynamic nutrient accumulator, also provides a lot
of minerals to the trees and attracts a lot of beneficial insects.
Use rockdust and/or
seaweed to add additional minerals and trace elements to the soil.