Hi everyone! Hope you are all having a good week so far. I thought I’d show you my new fruit garden today. I don’t know how interesting most of you find the subject of growing your own fruit and veg. But it’s something I’m really passionate about since we like to eat organic and growing our own makes it more affordable. Plus, I’m a big believer in self-sufficiency but that’s another post (or blog) LOL!
This is my new plot in my backyard!
I got the arbor w/gate last year at the end of clearance sale at Big Lots. I just painted it white (ran out of paint so only the front and some of the sides are painted so far)!
I had some extra old picket fencing which I just lashed to the front of the wire fencing. I didn’t want to do anything too permanent. I’ve also planted some sunflower seeds etc in front of the fencing.
As you can see this new area is fairly close to my vegetable garden. I’m not sure I’m keeping it two separate areas. I may combine the two and make one large garden.
In this area we have raspberries!
I haven’t finished the trellis for the raspberry bushes yet. This raised bed is made with concrete cinderblocks as we have a ton of them from dismantling our pond.
A potted lemon tree.
Which has two lemons so far!
My two potted columnar apple trees which I showed you before when they were basically just sticks.
Aunt Molly Ground Cherries!
Do you all know about Ground Cherries? The flavor is supposed to be similar to strawberries.
catalog photo not my plant yet
This is my first time growing them and I’m really looking forward to harvesting them. Supposedly they make really good pies and jams.
I have grapes growing along the fence line.
Here’s my one Honeydew melon plant. We’ll see how it does. I don’t really have good luck with melons. I did successfully grow "a" cantaloupe a few years ago, so I have some hope for this melon plant!
There are big and little pumpkin/decorative squash plants growing in here too. Some I’ve tucked into the openings of the cinderblocks but they seem to dry out quickly so I don’t think that was a good idea!!
I’m thinking that if I keep a separate area for fruit, I might net the whole thing like I do my blueberry bushes above.
I’ve see a few photos of people’s dwarf fruit orchard where they erected a netting system over the whole thing instead of individual nets for each tree. I also think I may move my strawberry bed in here and turn my strawberry bed into an asparagus bed!
If you’re interested in urban/suburban farming there’s a really good new magazine out. Check my categories under "In The Garden" on my sidebar for similar posts.
This is published by the people that put out Hobby Farms (another really good mag).
As always, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today!
As you know, I’m up to my neck with projects around the house due to the termite damage etc and then there’s the garden and just yard and house maintenance. I’m sorry I haven’t been by to see you all (I usually try to, although it’s getting more and more difficult). So bear with me – it’s just an incredibly busy time for me right now (plus I’m trying to teach my daughter how to parallel park etc. so she can get her driver’s license this month)!