Fruit growing in your own backyard has many benefits for your health and wellbeing, and it’s also better for our planet. So, why learn how to grow your own fruit? We can think of at least four great reasons!
- As a backyard fruit grower, you have access to organic fruits that are fresher, nutrition-dense and more delicious than farmed varieties.
- It’s also more economical as you don’t have to worry about the rising price of fresh, organic food.
- Gardening is also a gentle exercise that’s relaxing and stress-reducing – great for your mental health and wellbeing.
- Last but not least, you’re doing an excellent service to the environment – less packaging, saving precious water resources and free of chemical pesticides!
9 Easy Trees for Backyards
If you’re considering growing fruit in your backyard, take a look at these amazing plants for a bit of inspiration!
Ballerina Apples bear medium to large, red-skinned fruit with crisp, juicy – perfect for fresh fruit. These apple trees are ideal for small gardens because they provide full-sized fruit but can be grown in a small space. These delicious apple trees can even be grown in small pots. You’ll need to plant these trees in full sun in well-fertilised soil to produce abundant fruit. Fruit growing can be challenging, but space doesn’t have to be when you plant a Ballerina Apple tree!
It’s no longer necessary to have a massive plot of land to grow citrus fruits! Dwarf varieties mean growing fruit is possible no matter where you live. Dwarf lemon trees can even be produced on your front porch in pots! These trees need full sun, pots with drainage holes and should be watered daily in hot weather.
Whether spread on toast or topping a salad, avocados are delicious superfoods! So why not grow them in your garden! Did you know that avocados are (arguably) one of the easiest fruits to grow in your backyard? You can grow them from seed at home, and all you’ll need are three toothpicks, one avocado and a glass of water – it’s that simple! Find more on germinating avocado seeds here.
Kaffir limes are loved for their aromatic leaves, which add flavour to authentic Asian dishes! While this bumpy looking lime has little juice, its zest packs a powerful punch. These trees need a sunny spot, enriched soil, and lots of water. You can also grow kaffir limes in a pot.
Olives are a delicious, heart-healthy fruit – but they’re also an attractive plant with their grey, silver foliage and can be pruned as topiary, hedges and potted plants. Although ideally grown in the Mediterranean climate, live varieties are suitable for subtropics and tropical areas – but high humidity can leave them susceptible to pests and disease.
Mulberries are big trees when mature, so a large garden is most suitable for this plant. But if you do have the space, the mulberry tree is worth your while for the abundance of fruit it produces! It’s graceful, elegant and attractive – plus you can make extraordinary jams!
Macadamias are one of Australia’s best-known and most loved native foods! This delicious nut is eaten salted, roasted and dipped in chocolate, but it’s also a versatile oil. These ornamental trees are beautiful and offer plentiful shade, but you’ll need a medium to large garden to accommodate their size unless you plant a ‘dwarf’ macadamia, which grows to about half the size. The dwarf variety produces a much smaller fruit but can be grown in smaller gardens and pots.
A summer-time staple, the mango is a popular Australian fruit. But how difficult is it to grow in the backyard? Many mango trees grow quite large – up to 10 metres tall – so it’s important to consider how much space you have to accommodate its size. If you do have the space, these trees like tropical and subtropical climates – humid, hot summers and cool, dry frost-free winters. They’ll grow in most soils, require regular watering and fertiliser for fruit growing potential.
Figs do well in most parts of Australia, as they love a hot, relatively dry climate. They can be planted at any time of year and are best enjoyed over-ripe! You can enjoy them straight from the tree, as an accompaniment to cheese or in cakes! They can also be grown in large containers.
Want to Learn More About Fruit Growing?
Learn how to grow your own fresh fruit! Our Certificate of Fruit Growing is perfect for you if you’ve always wanted to create a fruit garden but don’t know where to start.
Certificate of Home Fruit Growing is a professional development course that will develop your gardening skills so you can start growing your own fruit at home! You’ll explore how to grow fresh fruit, nuts and berries efficiently and economically, select the best fruits for your garden, improve soil fertility and control pests naturally.
So, what are you waiting for? Gain the skills and knowledge to grow a successful fruit garden in your own backyard.
What You’ll Learn
Outcomes achieved when you study Certificate of Home Fruit Growing.
- Understand the possibilities for growing fruit at home.
- Manage soil for growing fruit crops.
- Manage the growth of fruiting plants in a way that will produce better fruit.
- Select and grow tree fruit plants, vines, nuts and berry fruits in a home situation.
- Identify pests and diseases
- Understand soil and nutrition
- Problem-solving for fruit trees
- Watering requirements
And more …
Gain the knowledge and skills required to start your own fruit garden with a fruit growing course, like our Certificate of Home Fruit Growing!