Berried treasures and fruity bits
We all know that Grow Your Own (GYO) is very popular these days and because you’re reading this then I am sure you’re interested in the activity yourself.
But there’s one aspect of GYO that is often overlooked and that’s fruit growing.
If you love jams, cordials, crumbles and compotes then why not think about having some gooseberries, blueberries or loganberries in your garden and you can even grow some varieties in patio pots too.
Both raspberries and blackberries can be planted as bare root plants in the autumn months. New canes will produce their first crop this time next year and can be harvested from July until October.
Autumn is also the best time to plant blueberries, fig trees, blackcurrant bushes, strawberries, rhubarb, cherry trees and gooseberries.
Fruit trees are those with pips such as apples and pears and those with stones such as plums, apricots, peaches, greengages, nectarines, cherries and damsons and these are best planted in the autumn too.
Trees popped in the ground now get a good start on next year as they can establish a root system when the weather is still mild.
Even if you don’t have a large-ish garden or an allotment to grow your fruit trees on there are lots of varieties that will happily grow in pots on patios so if space is an issue you can still GYO, not a problem!