Carefree Fruits for the Backyard Garden

Article written by Troy-Bilt® brand ambassador Kenny Point of Veggie Gardening Tips
 
What's better than sweet, juicy, tree-ripened fruits from your own backyard? How about homegrown organic fruit that is insect and disease free, doesn't require spraying, and is easy to maintain! Most gardeners picture apples, pears and peaches when they think about growing a backyard orchard, but there's a long list of alternatives that might work out better for you when it comes to producing fruit in the home garden.

 

I've raised apples, plums and other common fruits, but was often frustrated with the effort required to fend off pests and diseases, and with the inconsistent yields. That was before I realized that there are many unusual fruits that can be grown without pesticides and that will produce bountiful harvests of sweet berries or fruits with a minimal amount of upkeep.
 
Today, you won't find apples or plums growing in my backyard, but you will discover an incredible assortment of figs, hardy kiwis, blueberries, perennial strawberries and additional varieties that are easier to grow in the backyard. Other pest- and disease-resistant fruits include: Pawpaws, raspberries, jujubes, currants, and mulberries. Even exotic selections such as citrus and pomegranates can be surprisingly easy to maintain in the home garden or in containers.
 
I'm not bashing apples, and can't guarantee that any fruit will be pest-free and productive in your particular area. However, I do want to encourage you to explore the options rather than trying to force plants to grow in regions that are not best suited to them, or where specific insects or diseases are likely to be a problem.
 
There are native, wild or alternate fruits in every area that thrive without attention, which can form the foundation of a backyard orchard that requires minimal care. Another bonus is that many uncommon fruits such as Pawpaws and jujubes have undergone recent improvements to make them even more attractive, tasty and productive in the home garden.
 
So why limit yourself to cultivating the standard fruits when there is a world of exciting colors, textures and flavors to explore, many of which are less trouble to grow, manage and maintain than the varieties that you have grown in the past?