Want to really chow organic, local and save money? Planting a few fruit trees can do the trick—you just need to match the trees with your region and ability. Of course, the latter can definitely be a challenge. Not all fruit trees are equal when it comes to how much attention they demand, how “fruitful” they really are and there are some fruit trees which are difficult for even master gardeners.
Luckily, there are more “easy trees” than difficult ones. Be realistic when thinking about how much time you have to dedicate to them. Here are a few of the easiest to grow fruit trees, perfect for beginners, that will have you digging in to truly yard-to-table fare quicker than you can spell “sustainable” backwards:
You don’t need an entire orchard to whip up your famous apple pies, crumbles or simply enjoy a few slices with cheese. These trees are surprisingly easy to care for, but many varieties do require a lot of space. If that’s an issue, check out the Dwarf Family Apple. They fit easily in containers and still give you the crispiness and healthy boost you crave.
Feel the pull from across the pond? Currants might be a favorite in the UK, but they’re actually really easy to grow in the US—right in a container. Use them to make a jam, dress up a dish and enjoy the fresh taste of summer even in the chilly winter months.
A mulberry tree doesn’t just dole out delectable fruits, but it’s also a gorgeous addition to your landscape. Use the fruits of your labor to create pies, scones, add them to pancakes or even make ice cream with the berries. Incredibly easy growers that ask for little care, it’s a starter favorite for a reason.
4. Cherry Trees
The North Star Tart Cherry is especially simple, but many cherry trees offer an abundance of fruits with very little care. Just be careful if the local birds catch wind of your tasty tree—you need to pluck the cherries before they get too ripe or you’ll risk losing your loot to others in the neighborhood. Beautiful and with foliage that’s easy to clean up, you can choose a variety that’s relatively small in order to fit any sized yard.
Consider which fruits you like, the size you have available and the maintenance required when choosing to plant fruit trees. Just like any other type of tree, an annual inspection from a tree specialist is crucial for catching diseases, pests and problems early.