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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Steps to Growing Strawberries in a Jar

The fixings are straightforward: a couple strawberry plants in addition to some essential earth, air, and water. Include daylight, and voila! After only a hour of work, you’ll have weeks of eatable garden delight for your porch or deck. For a practically moment strawberry fix, buy as of now blossoming plants. Attempt regularly bearing assortments like Ozark Beauty or Tribute for unfaltering yields of substantial, stout berries.

1. Make a built-in drain by filling the jar bottom with a 1-inch layer of gravel or broken pot shards. Separate the gravel from the soil with screen mesh cut to fit or a piece of nylon pantyhose. Next, add the earth. Fill the jar with potting soil up to the lowest pocket, firming the soil to eliminate trapped air spaces.

2. Starting with the lowest pocket, make a small hole in the soil. Thread a single strawberry plant down into the pocket so its roots spread toward the interior of the jar. Add more soil — firming it in with your fingers — until you’ve reached the next pocket level. Repeat planting process until all pockets are filled; leave space at the top for more plants.

3. For larger jars, drill holes into a length of 2-1/4-inch-diameter PVC pipe at 4-inch intervals. Before planting, insert the pipe in the jar’s center, down through the soil to the bottom pocket. This allows water to seep down, soaking lower plants. Finish with several plants at the top, spacing them tightly for a full, flowing look. Water well.

4. Keep moist. Container gardens dry out quickly, so water often, with plant food added. Moist soil and vitamins will keep your garden thriving. No extra maintenance is required except an occasional manicure. Pinch off dead leaves and overripe fruit to keep plants fresh-looking. Rotate the jar one-quarter turn every few days (try a plant caddy) to give plants and berries enough sunlight.

Know the Fruits You Can Grow Indoor

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Most patio greenery enclosures concentrate on vegetables and herbs—in addition to the fact that they are anything but difficult to develop and stuffed brimming with supplements, they’re additionally adaptable, making them perfect for developing in expansive amounts. Be that as it may, don’t think vegetables and herbs are the main things suited for a kitchen plant. Natural product, Mother Earth’s blessing to the sweet tooth, is the ideal compliment to your other exquisite plantings. You can utilize them for jams, jams, pies, and best of whatever, you can develop it inside and out! Continue perusing for six delectable natural products that can turn out to be a piece of your next natural planting try.

# Strawberries

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, browsing guide to create the perfect self-watering planter so you can enjoy sweet berries all year long.

# Watermelon

Watermelon is my desert island fruit. If I was stranded, I would wish to wash ashore in a place where watermelons grew like weeds. Think about it: You’d have delicious fruit that’s 98% percent water. Two birds with one stone! If you’re tired of paying outrageous prices for watermelon at the market, think about growing your own at home.

# Pineapple

I know what you’re thinking: There’s no WAY I can grow a delicious, sweet pineapple at my house. But yes, you can! In fact, not only is it possible, it’s actually quite easy. According to Tropical Permaculture, “That’s because the pineapple plant is one of the few tropical fruits that are really well suited to growing in pots.” Follow their handy guide that demonstrates what pineapple plants like and don’t like, and how to choose a starter that will fruit the fastest.

# Mulberry Tree

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.

# Fig Tree

All varieties of fig fruit more heavily if their roots are confined to a large pot, but Negro Largo does particularly well as a houseplant. The other great thing about it is that it prefers indirect sunlight (good for apartments that don’t get a lot of direct sun) and you only have to feed it a few times during the growing season. Grow-Figs.com is a great resource for learning how to choose and take good care of your fig tree, especially if you live in a cold climate.

 

Simple and Easy Fruits to Grow

easy-fruits-to-growYou needn’t bother with a plantation to develop your own particular natural product at home. From strawberries to apple trees – there’s something to suit each measured garden. Where space is restricted have a go at developing natural product trees and plants in holders – you even develop strawberries in hanging bushel! Investigate our main 10 rundown of simple to develop foods grown from the ground developing natural products today.

# Strawberries

Everyone cherishes the new, succulent kind of sun warmed strawberries picked straight from the garden. So flexible that they can be developed in holders, hanging wicker container, Flower Pouches® and window boxes, or planted straight into the ground. Develop our ‘Amplify the Season’ pack to guarantee an abundant supply of succulent, sweet strawberries all through June and July.

# Raspberries

Autumn fruiting raspberries are self supporting so you can plant them in containers or in clumps throughout your garden. This undemanding crop can be harvested from late summer to early autumn for a delicious dessert. Autumn fruiting raspberries are simple to maintain – just shear the canes to ground level each February and look forward to another juicy crop!

# Blueberries

If you are keen on growing fruit in containers then try Blueberries. Scented flowers in spring, fiery coloured autumn foliage and nutritious crops of fresh blueberries in late summer – what more could you ask from a plant? All they require is an acid (ericaceous) soil, which you can buy in your local garden centre. Blueberries are low maintenance, fruiting after about 3 years – and in the meantime make a very attractive patio plant. If space is tight try the compact variety Blueberry ‘Top Hat’. Water blueberries with rainwater as the lime in tap water will reduce the soil acidity over time.

# Figs

For a taste of the Mediterranean why not grow your own figs? They will need to be grown against a hot, sunny south/west facing wall, and crop best when their roots are restricted – so they are perfect if you want to try growing fruit in containers. You will need a little patience though as figs begin to form in the autumn and won’t be ready to harvest until the following summer! But the taste of freshly picked, sun-warmed figs is well worth the wait.

# Rhubarb

For really easy fruit try growing rhubarb. Incredibly hardy in even the coldest of gardens! Rhubarb can be planted from crowns in spring or in autumn. Choose a sunny or semi shaded spot on rich, fertile soil. By the second year you will be harvesting succulent red stems, and once it settles in it will virtually look after itself.

# Apples

A well established apple tree is a real asset, and there is an apple to suit every size of garden. Choose your apple carefully to suit your tastes and the size of your garden. If space allows then choose two varieties that will pollinate one another. In smaller gardens try growing fruit trees in tubs. A dwarf Family Apple has 3 different varieties on the same tree – just perfect for a container on the patio. Or if you fancy something really different then a step-over apple tree will create a real talking point!

# Blackberries

Forage for hedgerow fruits in your own garden! Grow blackberries in that rough corner behind the shed, or let them scramble over an old unsightly fence – growing your own fruit couldn’t be simpler. These delicious fruits will grow almost anywhere and don’t need much attention. Train the stems onto wires to make them easier to harvest – if you are not keen on being prickled, try a thornless variety like Apache.

# Honeyberries

This unusual fruit is packed full of antioxidants and the blueberry-like berries make a delicious treat picked straight from the bush. Honeyberries are tough plants and incredibly hardy so you won’t need to pamper them. For the best yields on tasty Honeyberries grow them in pairs to increase pollination.

# Goji Berries

Often described as a ‘superfood’, Goji berries are rich in nutrients, with a sweet liquorice flavour. Despite their exotic name, these hardy shrubs are surprisingly tough and grow in almost any sunny position – even windy, coastal areas. Add Goji berries to cereals and juices for a delicious start to the day.

# Currants

Redcurrants, blackcurrants and whitecurrants are perfect soft fruits for decorating desserts, makings jams and jellies, or adding to sauces. They freeze well too so you can savour the taste of summer during the winter months. If you are tight for space try our Redcurrant ‘Rovada’ which is trained as a cordon so it is a perfect soft fruit for growing in containers.