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The delicious taste of fresh fruit on a warm spring or hot summer’s day can be one of the best feelings in the world but let’s face it, not everyone was gifted with the good luck of having a green thumb. In fact for many of us out there it can be difficult to grow even the simplest of crops even with a basic or easy to tend garden. The good news, however, is that there are plenty of fruits out there that are easy to grow, giving even beginner gardeners a great place to start. And they can get used to gardening even if they don’t have much or any experience with it to begin with at all! Here’s a list of the five best fruits to start with as a beginner gardener:
- Strawberries – Good on shortcake but even better ripe and freshly chilled all on their own. Strawberries are easy to plant and just as easy to maintain making them a premier choice for gardeners who are just getting started. You don’t have to be a pro to grow and enjoy these delicious berries in a garden bed or strawberry planter on the balcony.
- Raspberries/Blackberries – A summertime staple, raspberries and blackberries are delicious straight from the vine, baked into a pie, or turned into a jelly or jam with your morning toast. These berries in particular are hardy and easy to grow, but take some special maintenance or you run the risk of the thorny vines overtaking more than their allotted space. Make sure to pick up a pair of clippers or trimmers and a good pair of gloves and you should be fine.
- Tomatoes – Is it a fruit or a vegetable? Science says fruit and gardeners say easy! These delicious, juicy red fruits are great in a salad or stewed into a tasty tomato sauce for Italian cooking. With the wide range of available gardening accessories you can grow tomatoes even if you don’t have a lot of space by using hanging planters or upside down planter.
- Blueberries – If you want a fruit you can enjoy near the end of summer then blueberries have your back! All you need is some acidic soil to grow them in (it’s what they like best and you can get it at your local home improvement or gardening center) and you’ve got delicious blueberries for all of your tasty fruit needs!
- Goji Berries – You may have heard of them before, considered a “superfood” with all kinds of natural, healthy properties. Goji berries are incredibly hardy, growing in even harsher hot or cold climates. This makes it easier to grow them even if you live a little north or south of ideal growing conditions for other kinds of fruit and even in windy, coastal areas. Just make sure they have a spot they can enjoy the sun in and you’re good to grow!
If you find yourself having trouble getting a handle on more difficult fruits, give these a try and you’re sure to be enjoying delicious, fresh fruit in no time!