Growing Fruit

How to Grow Chemical Free Grapes

Grapes - Sweetness by Marina Del Castell (Flickr) | Sustainable Suburbia

Do you enjoy a glass of wine, or a bunch of sweet grapes? Did you know that Grapes make the top 10 list of most pesticide laden foods in both Australia and America? Today I am pleased to welcome Guest writer Mackenzie Fox, who describes why that is, an how you can avoid using pesticides…

How To Grow Strawberries in Your Backyard Food Forest

Stawberries growing in two containers, photo by Ewen Roberts

One of the expectant joys of summer is a juicy, bright red strawberry that tastes like it was kissed by the sun. Farmed strawberries are typically grown with a lot of chemicals, which makes growing your own all the more appealing. Learning how to grow strawberries in your own garden is relatively simple and comes…

Where to Buy Blueberry Bushes

potted blueberry bush covered in fruit

So many people come to our article on Growing Blueberry Bushes, when they really want to buy the plants, that I thought I would add in this short article to tell you where to buy them online. As with most plants, the best place to buy your blueberry bushes is often your local nursery. They…

How to Grow Excellent Rhubarb

harvested rhubarb stalks

Although rhubarb looks like psychedelic celery, its striking bushy green foliage against its purple-red stems is a bright addition to the veggie patch or wherever you decide to plant it.  Rhubarb is easy to grow and can be grown from crowns or seeds.  By choosing crowns, which are a fleshy bundle of roots,  you can…

How to Grow Apple Trees in Your Back (or Front) Yard

Fuji Apple tree with one apple ripening

Apples form the basis of folklore. ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is a well-known phrase.   Though this may be something of an exaggeration, apples are a healthy addition to children’s lunch boxes, perhaps even to give to their favourite teacher?  A staple food throughout history, an apple was the biblical fruit with…

How to Grow Raspberry Bushes in Your Garden

Small twig of six ripe raspberries

In a miracle of nature, luscious raspberries grow on bramble bushes, belonging to the genus ‘rubus’.  This is in the rose family, and includes other fruit bearing plants, such as the blackberry. Like roses, raspberries are fragrant and beautiful, and come in a range of colours –  from bright red  through to purple and black.…

Choosing Fruit Trees for Small Gardens

It is no great surprise that most of us love the notion of large orchards set with plump, sun-kissed fruit and the delights they bring us; however, with plots of land getting smaller, orchards are often more of a dream than a reality. Fortunately, we can enjoy delectable fruits from the smallest of yards or…

Growing Blueberry Bushes in Your Backyard Food Forest

A cluster of ripe and unripe blueberries still on the bush

Blueberry bushes are relatively easy to grow, as long as you choose the right variety for your climate and provide the right conditions. And, blueberries are delicious, highly nutritious, and provide fruit over a relatively long season, particularly if you mix up some early, medium and late fruiting cultivars. Note: This article is all about…