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Why Growing Fruit Trees In Your Backyard Can Feed You

By on August 12, 2020 in Backyards with 0 Comments

Why would you grow fruit trees in your back yard?  Well, growing fruit trees in your backyard can actually be a great way to feed you.  As well as provide backyard landscaping with fruit trees as well. Learn how to landscape around trees here.

Growing at least some of your own fruit will save you money. And homegrown fruit is healthy and tastes so much nicer than shop-bought fruit.

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How growing fruit trees in your backyard will feed you

What will you plant

It depends on what your family likes to eat. There would be no point in planting fruit trees in your backyard that aren’t going to be utilised.

There are a number of citrus trees that are able to be planted in a back yard.

No fruit has impacted civilisation as much as citrus. We drink orange juice, whisky sour with lemon, lemonade, lemon meringue pie, duck a la orange, we season fish with lemon, we burn citronella candles to keep the mosquitoes at bay and so the list goes on.

 Planting orange trees

Orange trees come in several varieties.  Let us take a looks the best orange tree for your backyard.

Washington naval is the most popular one that we see in supermarkets and fruit shops. They are a good eating orange, however the fruit will deteriorate quickly It is a hard tree to grow because they have a tendency to catch diseases easily.

The naval tree doesn’t produce as much fruit as Valencia

Valencia oranges are ideal for juicing. The fruit holds well on the trees for months. They have few seeds and the skin is quite thin. They adapt well the different climate conditions and are high in sugar content.

There are the blood orange and the Seville variety.  Choose the one that you think is the best orange tree for your backyard.  There is plenty of things you can do with the fruit.

Planting lemon trees

There are two main types of lemon. The Lisbon and Meyer Lemon.

Lisbon is an Australian variety and is descendant from a Portuguese Gallego lemon. Lisbon lemons were introduced in Australia as early as 1824 and were exported to the United States from there in 1874 and 1875.

The first reference to Lisbon lemons in the United States was in a Massachusetts gardening catalogue in 1843. The Lisbon lemon is quite thorny and has many seeds.

The Meyer lemon is a hybrid citrus fruit native to China It is a cross between a citron and a mandarin/pomelo hybrid distinct from the common or bitter oranges. Mature trees are around 6 to 10 ft (2 to 3 m) tall with dark green shiny leaves.is the preferred choice of many households.

The fruit is quite smooth. It produces fruit for most of the year and is the most cold-tolerant of all the lemons.

Planting mandarine trees

Once again there are several varieties of mandarine. The Emperor, the Imperial and the Honey Murcott

The Emperor has pale orange loose skin that is easy to peel.  It has great flavour and is especially sweet in the early part of the season.

The Imperial is another easy to peel fruit.

The Honey Murcott is not as easy to peel as other varieties as the skin is very thin. They are quite sweet and have a few pips.

Most households can easily grow these three fruit trees, however, there are many others that might be just as popular in other back yards.

The orange, lemon and mandarine fruit trees also come in the dwarf variety which is an excellent idea for small fruit trees for a backyard. They can also be planted in large pots.

Planting position.  Fruit trees should be planted where they are able to have sunshine for at least 6 hours a day to enable them to produce healthy sweet fruit.

When you should fertilise fruit trees

You should fertilise fruit trees with a citrus fertiliser once every one or two months during the growing season and once every two to three months during the dormant season. Drip liquid fertilizer about a foot away from the trunk. If using pellets spread them in a circle about a foot away around the trunk.

Watering fruit trees

 Citrus trees love water but only if it drains quickly. Infrequent deep watering is best. Water near the drip line and allow the water to soak into the soil.

A soaker hose is the best way to water as it allows the water to soak into the root of the tree. Let the soil o dry out between watering so air can work into the soil and get to the roots.

Watering should occur about once a week, whether from rainfall or manually. The area should have excellent drainage so that you can soak the ground deeply with each watering.

Try these fruit tree recipes

Recipes for use when your fruit trees produce their yummy fruit.

Lemon Butter

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 6 lemons
  • 1 lb sugar
  • 4 ounces butter

Method

Juice the lemons and whisk together with the sugar and eggs.

Add the butter and heat in a double boiler until the mixture thickens like honey. Pour into sterilised containers. Store in the fridge.

Sweet Orange Marmalade

Ingredients

  • 3 lb oranges
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 6 pints (15cups) water
  • 6 lb (12 cups) sugar

Method

Scrub the oranges thoroughly in warm water. Cut them in half and squeeze out the juice. Remove the pips (seeds) induct off excess pith if it is very thick. Tie the pips and pith loosely in a muslin bag. Cut the peel into thin matchstick strips.

Place the cut-up peel, juice and muslin bag in a large bowl with the lemon juice and water. Leave to soak overnight.  Next day, place the contents in the cooking pot and bring to the boil. Simmer until the peel is tender, about an hour. Remove the muslin bag.

Add the sugar, bring to the boil again, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Boil rapidly until setting point is reached. Skim the scum off. Allow the marmalade to cool slightly, before pouring it into clean hot jars. Cover.

Note: To test for setting point:

Spoon about one teaspoonful of the preserve onto a cold plate and put it aside in a cold place for a few minutes. If the setting point has been reached, the surface will have set and will wrinkle when pushed gently with the finger.

Growing fruit trees in the backyard can be a fantastic way to landscape, feed your family or just enjoy the aromas that come with fruit.  You don’t need to plant an orchard either just a few simple wells maintained trees will help.

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About the Author: Michael Wuze is a regular content contributor to Living Out The Back, which was started as a way to share the best of what life has to offer outside your home. The backyard is the one area so many people don't enjoy that we want to help you with. Everyone should enjoy their backyard. .

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