We all love the idea of a beautiful backyard filled with nature. It is even better if we could eat up some of that juicy greenery. Fruit trees may seem hard to plant, but they only need a bit of nurturing when they are smaller. Having an orchard can bring with it some great benefits to you.
Not only for your health, but your mood could be enhanced as well. Having a fruit tree or two is possible, and it should not be seen as a dream far from reach. Here are some of the fruits you can add to your backyard for readily available fresh fruits.
The Mango Tree
You can get to enjoy your very own juicy mangoes straight from your garden. The mango tree is adaptive to the climate and soils, and so chances are you will not be disappointed. Its size is determined by how deep the roots go.
Therefore, with proper spacing and good soil structure, you will have a huge tree that will bear a lot of fruits. In its structure, you can achieve a well-rounded canopy or a more erect one depending on the variety of your choice. Because of the alternating of fruit and flowers, mangoes are seasonal and prefer three months of dry weather. You will enjoy this juicy fruit even more if you live in the warm and tropical areas where the mango tree thrives.
The Fig Tree
The fig tree is so special that in Greece, for example, a law was formed to regulate its exportation. In Rome, they use it as a sign of prosperity to the city in the future. The fruit of the fig tree is known as the fig. There are many ways to use it, you can cook them, eat them raw, or even use them to apply on the skin.
The white latex discharged from the leaves and stem is known to help with eczema. The fig is also rich in calcium, potassium, and iron. Because of its deep roots and bushy state, the spacing should be about 20 ft. The challenge with the original figs is that pollination is only done by the fig wasp, which is found in warmer climates. Therefore, with Gardener’s Path tips you will learn how long it will take to grow your fruit until they are ready to produce.
The Plum Tree
How can you tell the sweetest plum? The best plum variety, that is, the juicy and sweet ones have a deep red almost purplish color. The variety selected should also be resistant to pests and diseases since the plum tree is prone to these. It needs enough water and ample sunshine. Therefore, in soils that can hold water and positioning the tree on a raised ground will give great results. Nonetheless, do not panic, because compared to other fruit trees, the plum is low maintenance once it’s off the ground.
Tree – Tomato
The Tree tomato trees are not difficult to maintain. However, you can add organic manure and a little fertilizer to your garden. It can take up to one and a half years to start bearing fruits according to the care they get.
To enhance growth, you can mulch around the base of the tree to avoid water evaporation and cultivate it regularly. Cultivating softens the soil around the tree, thus enhancing root penetration. Because you want to keep the roots happy, be sure to keep a good drainage system to avoid waterlogging.
The Passion Fruit Tree
The passion fruit tree is also known as the climbing tree. This is because of its dire nature to climb over the fence. It is also one of the simple fruits to have in your backyard.
However small because it can do well in both warm and cold climates. It has shallow, woody roots that don’t require a lot of water or care. Although, you may need to watch out for pests or diseases as these factors can affect the quality of your fruit, as you want to get a sweet and juicy fruit for your cold juice.
The Lime Tree
Lime fruit is known for many health benefits. One of them is its ability to provide an alkaline environment in the body. This tree thrives in alkaline soils. Although there is a slight allowance, however, the lime tree is sensitive.
Dry areas are more favorable when growing a lime tree, especially under irrigation because of water required. However, waterlogging should be avoided as it could foster pests and diseases. Also, the lime fruit can take up to 3 years to start producing, and you may need to be a bit patient with this tree.
Although strawberries do not grow on trees, they are one of the easy fruits to grow in your backyard. All you need to know is your soil pH, as this can affect the taste of your fruit. Also, to achieve the sweet and juicy strawberries, you should plant them in the open. This is to enable pollination during flowering and the sunshine that both result in good quality of fruit. When planting strawberries, you need to have good drainage to avoid waterlogging, and a good water source, since strawberries are 80% water. Weeding should be done regularly to avoid pests and diseases.
In summary, picking a tree for your backyard needs you to put into consideration many factors. Still, you can make it fun by consulting with other orchard owners in your area. The climate, pH of your soil, pH of the water, among others, are some of the factors that will affect your fruits. Therefore, you want to get it right from the get-go as you get guidance on the varieties that thrive best. Plus, an orchard will bring you and your family closer to a healthy body, a healthy mind, and a beautiful landscape.