Subject Urban farm : Research

Top 10 easy to grow fruit trees and plants for beginners

1. Strawberries

Strawberries a common summer time fruit which is enjoyed in its raw form and in other cooked goods .Can be grown in container because the fruit itself is very versatile ,commonly grown using hanging baskets , flower pouches and window boxes . The primary times this fruit is grown is during June and july .This fruit will be an ideal produce to produce in an urban environment because of the fruits natural aesthetics and sweet scent it produces.


2. Raspberries

Raspberries an autumn fruit which are self supporting ,so they can be able to grow in containers  or in clumps throughout your garden . This crop can be grown throughout late summer to early autumn ,making this crop a simple and maintainable crop for a long period of time . This will be an ideal crop to grow becuase of its ability to produce more unqiue forms with the designs becuase of the raspberries ability to grow in several different terrains.


3. Blueberries

Blueberries is an ideal fruit to grow in an indoor environment because of its ability to adapt to different weathers such as being a scented flower during spring time and developing nutritious  fresh blueberries in the late summer . However the plant itself requires special treatment such as needing to use acid (ericaceous) soil to fertilize the soil to the best of it abilities ,this can be purchased in any local garden centre. Blueberries themselves are very low maintenance ,can produce fruit for 3 years and have a very attractive patio plant aesthetic. This will be the plant I will most likely use for my project because of these design beneficial features the crop has ,this includes the crop itself can be compacted as well as having a feature where using rainwater for the crop is beneficial for the user .


4. Figs

Figs a Mediterranean fruit which grows during hot and sunny weather facing the southwest wall ,the crop itself grows best when root are restricted making this an ideal crop to grow in a confined space .However the crop itself takes a long period of time to develop ,so patience is needed for this particular crop. The times when this fruit grows is during autumn but will not be ready to harvest until the following summer .This will not be an ideal choice for the design I would like to go for because of the long period of time the crops will take  and area in which I want to produce my product the foreign fruit is not desirable .


5. Rhubarb

For really easy fruit try growing rhubarb. Incredibly hardy in even the coldest of gardens! Rhubarb can be planted from crowns in spring or in autumn. Choose a sunny or semi shaded spot on rich, fertile soil. By the second year you will be harvesting succulent red stems, and once it settles in it will virtually look after itself. This is an ideal crop to choose for the project because of its ability to grow all year round and having low labour cost in term of up keep.


6. Apples

A well established apple tree is a real asset, and there is an apple to suit every size of garden. Choose your apple carefully to suit your tastes and the size of your garden. If space allows then choose two varieties that will pollinate one another. In smaller gardens try growing fruit trees in tubs. A dwarf Family apple has 3 different varieties on the same tree – just perfect for a container on the patio. Or if you fancy something really different then a step-over apple tree will create a real talking point. This is not an ideal choice for an urban environment because of the size and duration needed to produce a fully grown apple tree and will not be able to grown in doors very well .


7. Blackberries

Forage for hedgerow fruits in your own garden! Grow blackberries in that rough corner behind the shed, or let them scramble over an old unsightly fence – growing your own fruit couldn’t be simpler. These delicious fruits will grow almost anywhere and don’t need much attention. Train the stems onto wires to make them easier to harvest – if you are not keen on being prickled, try a thornless variety like Apache.This could potentially be a good choice for an urban environment because the plant itself is low maintenance and can grown in confined areas .




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