Do you have a love for gardening, but live in a small apartment? Or do you have a love for fresh fruit in the middle of winter? Growing fruit inside is a fun and enjoyable way to have delicious fruit handy and be able to garden all year long. If you have a well-lit area, a sunporch or sunroom, a glazed-in porch or a conservatory, you are already halfway there. The only real discussion to have about growing fruit in your home, is: What kind of fruit should you plant?
The list of fruit you can grow inside is almost endless. Many fruits are considered tree fruit, and although they do better outdoors, it is possible to manage a tree inside with pruning and care. When growing fruit indoors, remember the fruit plants need a deep base for their roots. Containers should have about one foot of space across and down. When the plants outgrow the first container they are in, simply move the plant to a bigger pot. It is recommended you prune the roots once a year to maintain the size of the plant. For full-grown plants, replace the top soil layer with fresh compost yearly. Usually compost with a soil base, over a good amount of drainage (pebbles, stones or broken pottery) is the best. It allows the regular feeding and watering to encourage the plants to grow and bear fruit.
When it comes to gardening, it really comes down to the zone in which you live. Within the United States, zones can range anywhere from 1A to 12B. This article will include information about year-round gardening based on the most common zones so if you are unfamiliar with your zone, check out this map.
Year-round gardening is obviously possibly in the warmer parts of the United States, but often folks in colder regions feel at a loss when fall arrives and frost follows. The good news is year-round gardening is possible in pretty much every zone, even in some bitterly cold regions of Alaska.
When it comes to extending your growing season, it really depends on your climate. People who live in a zone 3, for example, don’t really have to worry about a frost and just have to mulch or otherwise protect ground crops. Let’s take a look at some options for extending your season:
Heirloom beans are a must for any gardener, whether you are a new beginner a seasoned pro. First and foremost, heirloom beans are not only strikingly beautiful, but they are astonishingly nutrient-dense. No other single food on earth has the same powerful combination of protein and fiber. In fact, just one serving of beans provides on average a third of the recommended daily intake of fiber. Continue Reading