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Growing Fruit Plants in Your Landscape

Improve the flavor of your meals and reduce our national energy use by growing your own fruit.

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Food travels an average of 1,800 miles from where it is grown to when it arrives to your refrigerator. Reduce the distance by growing some of your own fruit.

060217 Growing Fruit Plants in Your LandscapeLook for creative ways to include these plants in your landscape. Substitute raspberries, currants and elderberries for a traditional hedge. Enjoy the flowers, fruit and shade of apples, pears and other fruit trees. Save space, dress up fences and walls or add a bit of screening with espalier fruit trees. These plants are pruned and trained to create an attractive space-saving display.

Grow grapes, kiwi and other vines on decorative arbors and trellises. Use these as a decorative and edible entryway to the garden, screening or shade. Just be aware that squirrels and birds may join you during harvest season.

A bit more information: No room? No problem. Grow some of the newer more compact varieties in containers. Raspberry shortcake, Jelly Bean blueberries and Urban apples are just a few of the compact fruits suited to small space gardens and containers.

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