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Plan your fruit garden

Creating your own fruit garden is easier than you’d think. Many people want to create their own fruit garden. But they don’t know – how to get started? Some of them have grown vegetables in their garden but what about fruits? Why not try fruits? Growing your own fruit can be truly rewarding. There is nothing compare to eating fresh fruits – specially if you grow them by yourself. It is proven through research that gardening boosts your health as well as happiness. If you are a beginner at gardening fruits then this article will be an easy guide for you to grow fruits in your garden.

Before you start planning to grow fruit garden – you will require some gardening tools. You might consider all the gardening tools to get started. But that is not the case for growing garden. You will only require some high-quality gardening tools for growing fruits. The list of essential tools is even as under:

Tools needed for growing fruits

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  1. Hand Trowel

The hand trowel is used for breaking up clumps of soil, digging small holes, transplanting seedlings and weeding.

  1. Angled Shovel

It is used to dig holes, move soil and relocate plants. It is particularly useful in larger spaces.

  1. Pruning Shears

It is an ideal tool for trimming trees into shape and pruning hard to reach branches. Once your garden matures – you can even invest in a set of loppers which are specifically designed for branches 2 inches or wider.

  1. Gardening Gloves

If you want to prevent blister & scratches and wants to keep your hands clean then you should use gardening gloves. It will also protect your hands from prickly plants and bugs too.

  1. Watering can

Look for a light-weight water can so that you can carry it easily when it’s full. The size of the watering can vary from your water usage and proximity to water source. Do watering in the early morning, because in the early morning – the temperature will be cooler. Midday watering and evening watering should be avoided.

  1. Wheelbarrow

If your garden is larger then you will require a wheelbarrow to transport dirt, mulch, and compost. The plastic wheelbarrow will be less costly. Where in the metal wheelbarrow will be more durable.

  1. Rake

Garden rakes will be useful to level the soil as well as remove unwanted weeds. Gardening rake is ideal for spreading compost. Rakes are usually constructed of metal. Buy a rake of good quality.

Here are some tips to help you to raise a fruit garden:

1. Plan your garden layout

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The first thing you need to decide is to choose where your garden will grow. Basically, there are three types of garden – traditional, container and raised beds. In the traditional garden, you will have limited options of what to grow – because in a traditional garden you are supposed to consider natural eco-system containing nutrients, bacteria, and insects. If you have poor soil then you can choose an option of container gardening. Where in the raised-bed garden – you will have control over the soil as well as weed control. After choosing the type – decide how many fruit plants will be able to fit into the space. Create fences and boundaries. Don’t plan for too many trees as it will result in poor growth of plants.

2. Prepare your garden

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When you are choosing the perfect spot to grow your fruits in the garden – the most important aspect to consider is the soil. Most of the garden soils are adequate for fruit growing. Still, all types of soil benefit from the addition of organic matter such as compost. You should avoid wet areas in your garden as those areas are not good for growing fruit. Likewise, don’t plant anything on the dry part of your garden. If you don’t want to end up spending your whole summer watering the plants then choose the right location for growing your fruits.

3. Decide which plants to grow

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You might get tempted to grow all your favorite fruits in the garden but overcrowding of plants will not be beneficial. While deciding which plants to grow, you will need to consider many aspects such as – which fruits will fit in the size of your garden, weather condition of your area.  You can simply plan growing fruits which you eat often. For example, you can grow blackberries and grow blueberries and raspberries on the sunny side of your garden. Apple and pears are worth growing fruits in your garden.

4. Ready, Set, Grow!

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Once you have selected the plants you are going to grow in the garden, the next step is to buy seeds or seedlings or plants. Buying seedlings are more expensive than buying a packet of seeds. After preparing the soil and buying seeds – the final stage is planting. The need for sunlight will be different according to different plants. You can saw the plants that require less sun in early spring when the sun is less vibrant. After planting – regular maintenance is a very crucial part of fruit gardening. Therefore, don’t allow weeds to grow within one meter of the plant. Moreover, the newer one fruit plants require more watering. So keep watering the fruit plants on regular basis. But don’t overwater your fruit plants. You can also place mulch around your fruit plants as it helps to insulate the soil. Mulch helps to reduce the damaging effects of lawnmower and weed trimmer.

5. Keep a calendar

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Maintaining a fruit garden consists of many activities such as sawing, transplanting, and harvesting. You can schedule your activities on the calendar. You can keep notes of – when you started planting when you finished harvesting and weather condition to look after. This calendar will help you to know at which time you are supposed to complete the task. When you will be planning to plant for next season, this calendar will be useful for you.

As a beginner, you should plant the fruits which are easy to grow and easy to manage.  Once you get enough experience in fruit gardening, you can plant as many as fruits you like in your garden. There will some ups and down in the learning process of your gardening though relax and enjoy your fruit gardening experience. Did you find this article useful? If yes then feel free to share it. If you have any points to add in the article let us know in the comment below.

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