Growing Fruit Trees and Other Fruits for Kitchen Gardens
Growing Fruit in Kitchen Gardens
No matter how small your garden, you can grow some fruit. Fruit trees can be decorative as well as utilitarian so that they may be incorporated into theif the thought of kitchen gardens is too daunting for you. This way, you get double value. No matter what type of tree you choose, you will have blossom in the spring as well as handsome fruit later and perhaps a little lovely leaf colour in the autumn.
If you have no spare space in your borders, you can use the walls of your house, or dividing fences, or dividing wires, even the area overhead over garden paths and. On a warm west, south-west or south wall you can train peat, peach, nectarine, apricot or grape, figs, choice plums and apples. On the north and east, you can grow Morello cherries, cordon and trained gooseberries and currants and hardy plums. Blackcurrants and the piquant-flavoured quince will grow in damp areas.
By planting more than one kind of tree, you can have a succession of blossom to make yourlook really lovely in spring. By careful selection of varieties, you can get blossom you most like and fruit most suited to your purpose. Plum blossom is snowy white and comes very early, often long before any of the blossoming shrubs which you have planted especially for the effect of their . Peach blossom is also very early, rosy, prolific and beautiful and it often blooms with the yellow forsythia. Pear follows and, much later, comes the apple with pink-backed blooms. Some are much rosier than others, James Grieve, which has sharp, juicy fruits in the autumn, has richly coloured flowers like single pink . Bramleys probably produce the prettiest picture when in full blossom, and trees grow large enough to give romantic shade on a lawn or patio. Its fruit will also keep until Easter.
On the other hand, if you are looking for something to give you a light and attractive screen, perhaps at the end of the garden to shut out or mask an unsightly view, growing fruit trees such as a closely-planted row of pyramid-trained apples or pears, or perhaps half and half, only six feet apart, will be ideal for this purpose.
I once saw a courtyard entirely roofed withtrained to a system of metal arches.
If you have a large garden or large kitchen garden, Conference pear is good for shade. An avenue of cherries along the drive makes a pretty sight and gives fruit into the bargain. Plums and damsons make a good windbreak.