Gardening has been growing in popularity in recent years, due in part to a desire to save money. Perhaps more important than saving money, more are growing their own produce to know exactly where their food comes from. Many reasons for growing a garden exist. Whatever the reasons, fruit is a good addition to the urban garden. Along with vegetables, fruit can easily be incorporated into the urban garden for more money savings! Top five fruit for the urban garden:

1) Strawberries. Strawberries are easy to grow and require very little space. The amount of space devoted to growing strawberries depends upon how much produce one wants to harvest. Strawberries are low-growing plants which typically send out runners, which result in other strawberry plants. Strawberry plants are perennials, meaning they come back year after year to produce a bountiful harvest, considering the amount of space they use.

2) Raspberries. Raspberries require more space and maintenance than strawberries and grow much taller. Raspberry canes produce runners like strawberry plants, resulting in more plants. A stand of raspberry plants can be quite vigorous and productive. Eight raspberry canes should produce enough raspberries for the average family, with more left over to freeze for winter use.

3) Blueberries. Depending upon the environmental conditions of the urban garden, blueberry bushes can be an excellent choice. Blueberry plants have even been hybridized so that blueberry-like fruit can be grown in just about any type of soil. True blueberry plants require an acid soil and a cultivar (a different type of blueberry bush) in order to achieve maximum production. Blueberry bushes can thrive for more than twenty years and produce more than twenty pounds of blueberries per bush per season. (Find out how to plant a blueberry bush.)

4) Fruit tree(s). Depending upon space available and geographic location of the urban garden, different types of fruit trees can be easily incorporated into the urban garden design. In Northern climates, apple and pear trees are a good choice. While most pear tree varieties do not require a cultivar, apple trees typically produce a much larger harvest with the use of a cultivar nearby. In Southern climates, lemon and orange trees are an excellent choice for the urban garden. Typically lemon and orange trees do not require a cultivar to grow.

5) Grape vines. If space allows, grape vines are a superb choice for the urban garden. Grapes can be eaten from the vine or made into juice or wine. Drinking wine from home grown grapes is a wonderful experience many wish they could have! Grape vines require trellises and yearly pruning. Having a mini-vinyard of grapes in the yard can produce enough juice for the typical family to enjoy throughout the year.

Many other types of relatively-easy to grow fruit trees and bushes exist. As most fruits are perennials, they require more care than their annual vegetable counterparts. The work required to care for fruit from the urban garden is well worth it when fruit is harvested and eaten!