Posted on 09 May 2008 by

Bringing Fruit to the Urban Garden

By Vanessa Richins

When you think of growing fruit, you may envision orchards that cover acres of land.

Don’t despair – there are many options available for the urban garden.

Some fruits grow on plants that are naturally small. The two most common ones are strawberries and blueberries. Both are small enough to be grown easily on a patio. Strawberry pots can help you grow many strawberry plants in one pot.

A note for blueberries : make sure they have acidic soil, or your blueberries will not do very well…if they live.

When it comes to fruit trees and urban gardens, one word stands out : dwarf. These varieties are much smaller than their standard counterparts. Some are genetic dwarfs, while others are created that way through dwarf rootstocks and pruning. While you may not get as much fruit as you would on a regular sized tree, you will still be able to enjoy the luxury of fresh picked heaven.

Columnar trees are trees that grow straight up to a height of about 8-10 feet, but only grow about 2 feet wide. The most popular kind is the Colonnade apple trees. Although for a long time apple trees were the only kind available in columnar form, you can now buy peach and cherry trees too.

Feeling creative? Try training your trees into an espalier. These topiaries are carefully pruned and shaped to grow flat against a wall. You will have a garden focal point along with your sweet bounty.

These are only some of the ways to bring fruit into an urban garden. What have you grown in your garden?

2 Responses to “Bringing Fruit to the Urban Garden”

  1. kate_has_roots Says:

    Whoa, I had no idea there was such a thing as dwarf blueberry. And I just checked my local nursery and they have some. Holy baby shoots. Stomach rumbling all ready.

  2. Shibaguyz Says:

    We have two fruit trees in our little space. Both our cherry is a five-in-one and the pear is a four-in-one. After establishing themselves for a year and only a handful of fruit, we are looking forward to a nice harvest next year.

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