Being able to see your plant grow from a sapling to a mature plant, old enough to bear fruits is unexplainable. Fruits are an essential part of our daily diet, and having them grown in one’s own garden is every gardener’s dream.
Make the best use of that extra space you have to plant your favourite fruit and see the magic happen.
Strawberries are great fruits to grow in containers. The reason is that they are perennial so you only have to plant them once. Then you can bring them inside during the colder months so the roots will be protected from frost.
Just so you know, the best option of strawberries is the everbearing strawberries because you get two harvests a year. One in June and one in late summer. This is better for container gardeners so you don’t get overrun at once.
But you will need a pot about 18 inches wide to hold around 10 to 12 plants. They also need excellent drainage and about 8 hours of direct sunlight.
Blueberries are a little different to grow in a container. You need at least 2 plants to get a decent harvest. They will produce from June through August.
So in order to grow blueberries in a container, you will need a pot that is 22 inches in diameter and 18 inches deep. Plus an acidic soil that is peat-based. With this concoction, you are well on your way to having enough blueberries to make an incredible pie.
Figs might seem like a random thing to grow in containers but really it is a great option. They only require a pot that is about 16 inches across. They are not finicky when it comes to soil either so it only needs to be well-drained.
But as non-finicky and drought tolerant as they are, they do still require full sun. Plus, you’ll need to water them daily during the hottest periods of summer since water evaporates faster with container gardening.
Yes, I threw this one in here to kind of give you a curve ball. But in reality, tomatoes are considered a fruit.
So of course, they can be grown in containers too. They will need some support when they start to take off as their fruit gets a little heavy. But if you plant them in a large enough container, they should do quite well.
I am probably going to hear a loud gasp across the homesteading community, but I have never actually eaten a currant. I have an awesome recipe for currant jam though that I’d love to try out when I plant some currants in the near future.
After realizing I can grow them in a container, I’m thinking I just might plant them next year. They don’t require a lot of effort growing them in a container. All you need is a large pot; lots of water; and they need an adequate amount of compost mixed into their dirt. The currants can be grown as bushes or trained to go up a trellis as well. That makes them that much more appealing to me.