To grow your own organic fruits is a nice way to get in the garden, stay in nature and benefit wildlife. Most of our fruits these days are imported (even apples!) yet it’s fairly easy to grow all kinds of native fruits (that includes tomatoes which are fruits, not vegetables). Small gardens can grow dwarf vareities that just need a bit of special pruning, to keep them down to size.
Keep fresh compost away from pets. Learn how to make your garden safe for pets (fruit pips & seeds contain natural cyanide). Use humane ways to prevent slugs/snails, and avoid large-hole netting (traps wildlife), instead apply fruit protection bags (after pollination). Never face indoor foliage to gardens, to help stop birds flying into windows.
Grow a Little Fruit Tree is a book by an expert pruner to show you how to grow your own apples, figs, plums, cherries, pears, apricots and peaches, even in the smallest backyard. These fruit trees are easy to maintain and make a lovely addition to any home landscape. To avoid pruning thorn accidents, get yourself a pair of vegan gardening gloves (created by a Kew-trained horticulturalist, profits are used to fund the founder’s animal sanctuary on Dartmoor). If you wash them, do so in a microplastic catcher, as they’re made from a polyester blend.
Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden shows how to grow mini dwarf varieties of fruit trees, bushes, vines and plants, in this bible of small-space fruit growing. Turn your urban yard into a fruit factory, with tips on edible container fruit gardens, and how to grow more food in less space. Grow organically by choosing disease-resistant varieties and select plants that grow well in your climate. Learn how to maintain your fruit plants, for years of harvests.
Leaves, Roots & Fruits is the perfect guide to help you plant an organic kitchen garden. If you dream of walking to your kitchen with baskets of homegrown fruits, here’s the book to help – even if you don’t have space, sun, time or experience. Required reading for tomato growers! Nicole Johnsey Burkey has taught thousands of students to build their own kitchen gardens.