Local, homegrown fruit could just possibly be my most favorite thing in the entire world. I have been trying for years to add more fruit to my garden space. I've had some successes and some colossal failures. But I refuse to give up.
I have had tremendous success with growing cantaloupes. The sweetest, most tasty cantaloupe I have ever eaten was from my garden. But I'm not sure I am going to grow it this year until I have a better plan of growing the melons. The plants take up so much space and grew out of my box and spilled into the yard. So I need to do a little research to figure out how to grow vertically. Have any of you had success with growing cantaloupes vertically?
Two years ago, I grew watermelon and I made the terrible mistake of harvesting the melon too early.
I cried. Needless to say I was a little gun shy last year. Just like the cantaloupe, the plant was enormous and I lack the space, so I have to figure out a way to grow vertically.
I go to the local U-Pick strawberry patch every year. Local, fresh from the vine, ripe strawberries are divine. We love strawberry season so much that I decided to try to grow strawberries at home. Because of my lack of space I decided to try one of the Topsy Turvy hanging strawberry planters.
I don't have a picture, maybe I was too annoyed to think to take a picture, but this was a FAIL. My neighbor's didn't survive either. The plants dried up. I watered faithfully, but the water seemed to just flush out the sides and didn't really soak in. Honestly, I'm not sure what happened, but I am still trying to figure out how to incorporate strawberries into my garden.
This will be my 3rd year with blueberries, although my two bushes have been very stingy with the berries. I know they need A LOT of sun, so hopefully they are getting what they need where they are located. I am noticing a lot of flowers on one bush this week, so I better cover them with a net or the hungry birds will take them.
I bought these plants at a yard sale last year. But unfortunately, not one single berry last year. Of course, the volunteer pumpkin plant that took over the box where I have the raspberries planted didn't help. This year, I am keeping all vine plants away from the raspberries and hopefully, they will give me some fruit.
The raspberries are in the back corner. You can see a few canes poking out between the pumpkin and cantaloupe vines.
Technically, rhubarb is a vegetable, but I intend to use it in pies and cobblers, so I'm including it in my post about fruit. I planted it last summer and you aren't supposed to harvest or eat the first year. So I have high hopes for this year. I just read online that I am supposed to cut off the flower that is growing in the middle of the plant to encourage leaf growth. But so far, so good here.
I guess I have had more failures than successes, but I am not giving up on fruit.
Do you grow fruit in your garden? Do you have any advice for me and other gardeners out there? Let us know in the comments. Also, if you are a blogger and have a post about fruit in your garden, please leave a link to your post in the comments.
This post is linked to Tuesday's Garden Party at An Oregon Cottage.
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