As backyards are getting smaller every year we have to find more ingenious ways to make better use of those small areas. Most people love to grow their own veggies in their back yards, although many more would be interested in learning how to grow their own fresh fruit as well.
Not knowing what pesticides are being sprayed on those wonderful peaches, pears or any type of delicious fruit we need to take the initiative and grow our own fruit as well as vegetables. I intend to show you several ways that you can still do this in a very small back yard, or in some cases even in pots.
There are several ways of doing this.
Quite often you can plant two different types of fruit trees in the one hole. Although if you want to do this you need to make sure that the pollination requirements are the same.
For instance I have two different varieties of olive trees growing in my front yard. I have twisted the stems around one another.
This looks quite effective and saves space.
Multi grafted Fruit Trees
This is an excellent way of saving space and still having a variety of different fresh fruit in your own back yard. You would need to consider purchasing a single tree grafted with two or three cultivars (that is a tree with multiple grafts). This could be a peach, apricot and a plum all on the one tree.
When grafted these trees are normally chosen with similar cross-pollination grafted onto the one root system.
There are different choices with multi grafting these trees:
You need to graft the same types of trees together, as follows -
Stone fruit- these will include plums, nectarines, peaches and apricots. These can all be done with different types of each stone fruit.
Apples- These can be mixed and matched in a variety of different types of apples eating or cooking apples.
Citrus Fruit- These include mandarins, lemons, tangelos, grapefruits, limes and oranges.
All of these can be grown in pots or in the ground as normal fruit trees. These can also be grown along a wall or next to a shed with the branches pruned and wound onto wiring which keeps the branches flat along the wires. This makes it easier to see and pick the fruit when it ripens.
By using Dwarf trees, there will be no more need for climbing up on ladders and risking injuries if you fall. I believe that you can purchase different trees to suit a variety of climates.
Note: Some of these trees may need more care than the normal fruit tree. Some types of trees grow quicker and more vigorous than others so keep this in mind. The quicker growing varieties may need more trimming than the others. Check with your local garden centre for more information to make sure beforehand
Fertilizing is an important part of growing fresh fruit in your back yard too.