How to Grow Fruit on the Garden Terrace

“A land of plenty” on your balcony or terrace is not difficult at all. There is always room for strawberries even on the smallest balcony and there is no longer any need for even fruit trees to reach for the sky any longer. There is a wide choice of dwarf fruit trees, developed for growing in containers, that need very little soil. It is vital that tree should be grafted on a slow-growing rootstock such as, for instance, the “Ballerina” apple.

Gooseberries and currants trained as standards need very little space; they make picking the fruit easier and, in addition, they provide space for planting summer flowers at the base of the standards. Fig trees not only provide delicious fruit but their foliage is also particularly attractive.

Containers for berry bushes should be able to contain about 10 to 15 litres (2 to 3 gallons) of soil. Clay and terracotta pots are the best. These do not warm up as quickly as the black plastic containers and they create a natural water balance. But the root balls should never be allowed to dry out. You can either buy special container compost from a garden centre or mix your own with compost, garden soil and sand in equal parts. Do not forget to add a slow-release fertilizer.

In order to ensure that the tree or shrub produces fruit, plant those species that need warmth in sunny, sheltered position. Tender species such as figs and peaches should over-winter in a frost-free room. Apple and cherry-trees as well as berry bushes should be placed against a wall where they are protected from direct sun. The containers should be insulated as with all other container grown plants. It is important that the soil should be kept moist even in winter.

03. April 2014 by Dave Pinkney
Categories: Fruit & Veg, Kitchen Garden, Training/Pruning | Tags: , | Comments Off on How to Grow Fruit on the Garden Terrace


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