There’s just something about being self-sufficient. You know everything you need to to survive on a mountain for a couple of days, you know how to avoid a carjacking, so it makes sense that you would need to know some information on living off the grid, which includes growing your own food. Not only will you save money at the store, but if things get crazy, this will help you to feed yourself and your family, while others are in chaos. Even if you’re not sure how to get started, we offer some easy tips for growing fruit in your yard that will get you started in no time.
Tips for Growing Fruit in Your Yard
- Choose plants and trees that work in your area. While it sounds like a dream to be able to grow an apple tree in your backyard, by itself, those trees are not self-pollinating, so you would need other trees around it in order to get any fruit. You will also want to make sure that your area is not too cold or too warm for certain fruits. Some plants prefer certain climates over others, so make sure to take this into account while shopping and do your research.
- Plant in an area that gets sun 6-8 hours a day. Make sure to give your plant some room to grow, and also make sure it is in a sunny area, so it gets plenty of sunshine throughout the day to help it grow.
- Thin out your tree. Once the tree begins to bear fruit, you’ll want to clear away some of the smaller unripened ones. This will help the fruit that is left to grow bigger and tastier.
- Keep your plants hydrated. This one is very important, the soil needs to be breathable, so that the plant isn’t sitting in water, but it also needs to stay hydrated, so make sure you are watering your fruits and vegetables each day. Generally, the best time to water is early in the morning or later in the evening, so the plants can soak up the water rather than have it dry up in the heat and sun.
- Use pesticide only as needed. Watering your plants with a hose is a great way to get rid of any pesky pests that have tried to make a home, and snack, of your delicious fruit, but if you need a bit more, there are many organic options on the market that don’t have all the chemicals.