With the warm summer weather almost being upon us, it’s time to look back to our gardens. Those festering piles of weeds and bracken we neglected over winter need our attention, fast!
And, what better way to start off the season than with a homemade fruit salad? With this in mind, here are a couple of the most delicious fruits you can attempt to grow yourself, at home. Good luck, and happy planting!
Believe it or not, these tasty snacks can grow in the UK. Despite being associated with a warmer climate, you can grow them outside in the right conditions. The fruit needs the sun to ripen, so make sure it’s in the hottest position you can find. They also grow best in containers, so make sure to pot them up for a better chance at success. You’ll know they’re ripe when the branch they’re on starts to sag under the weight of the fruit.
When it’s time to eat, the choices are endless. Fig cakes, salads, chutney, pies, the list goes on. And, since the fruit tends to ripen over summer, you can keep yourself and the family cool with a refrigerated vat of fig juice. Yum.
One of the most versatile and tasty fruits you can plant in your garden, the gooseberry is also quite easy to grow. It can be used in everything from alcoholic beverages to jams and even mousses. Sadly, it doesn’t always get the attention it rightfully deserves.
Grown in bushes that can span quite a wide surface area, gooseberries can often be confused with currants. Gooseberries are roughly grape-sized and found in groups of two or three. Currants are a lot smaller and grow in clusters of ten plus. Make sure you know the difference before you start to chow down!
A more long-term investment, pomegranates will bear beautiful red flowers in the summer time, and ripen over winter. The pomegranate tree is a good place to start, and it can be bought online from sites like http://www.pomonafruits.co.uk. What’s more, when they’re ready to eat, you can juice them or eat them whole. Just be careful with the hard seeds, and spoon the fruit out like it’s a bowl of cereal.
Not to be confused with the bird of the same name, the kiwifruit is an odd-looking specimen, speckled with tiny black seeds. Growing in vines, the kiwi can become an attractive garden feature that covers walls, fences and other structures.
The kiwi is easy to consume and contains many health benefits, like these http://www.healthline.com. While it features quite an ugly exterior, it’s what’s inside that counts! This in mind, the kiwi is a valuable addition to any aspiring fruit garden.
There’s nothing more rewarding than growing your own fruit. As someone who has apples in their garden, I can tell you that homegrown fruit snacks taste that much better than shop bought ones. So, without further ado, get out there and get growing!
Recommended reading: Hobby Advise: Gardening for the Not so Green Thumb
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