Most backyard gardens focus on vegetables and herbs—not only are they easy to grow and packed full of nutrients, they're also versatile, making them ideal for growing in large quantities. But don't think vegetables and herbs are the only things suited for a kitchen garden. Fruit, Mother Earth's gift to the sweet tooth, is the perfect compliment to your other savory plantings. You can use them for jams, jellies, pies, and best of all, you can grow it indoors and out! Keep reading for six delicious fruits that can become part of your next organic gardening endeavor.
Unlike its similar sounding friends, the blueberry or strawberry, the mulberry is a tree. If you start one from seed, it could be 10 years or more before you see fruit, and that’s not very exciting. Speed up the process by purchasing an organically-raised dwarf or semi-dwarf variety from your local nursery. Place it in a large pot either outdoors in plenty of sunshine, or indoors in a warm, bright place. The mulberry produces large, long, black fruit similar in looks to a 3″ long blackberry. The fruit usually ripens in early summer.
Meyer Lemon Tree
Speaking of tiny trees that produce delicious fruit, how about a lemon tree? Becky over at EatDrinkBetter.com recently experimented with growing a meyer lemon tree in her Atlanta home. Follow her detailed to tutorial for handy tips on how to care for your lemon tree all year round. (And even some tips about what NOT to do, for you brown thumbs out there).
Enough with all of these fruits that require so much patience. Strawberries are an extremely popular fruit for home gardening because they produce fruits very quickly, and require a relatively small amount of space. Strawberries have a very high vitamin C content and are well suited to freezing and processing as jams. If you’re planting them indoors, use this in-depth tutorial from Chelsea Green to create the perfect self-watering planter so you can enjoy sweet berries all year long.