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Huge range of varieties, but for smaller spaces choose plants grown on dwarf root stock, or cultivated patio or trained varieties. Needs large containers.

Care: Choose a sheltered site to protect blossoms from frost. Thin tiny apples out in midsummer for bigger fruit.

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Black currants

Packed with vitamin C, and easy to grow as bushes or standard shrubs. Prune in winter to get air to center of plant. Feed well in growing season for a good crop.

Care: Remove branches touching the ground and prune back a third of the plant each winter.

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Peaches and nectarines

Quite easy to grow, with ornamental blossoms. You’ll need a warm, sunny, sheltered wall or fence to train your plants up. Prune in summer, not winter.

Care: Protect blossoms from frost. Thin out small fruit in summer for a good yield at harvest time.

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Good for smaller spaces, but you will need to use large containers. Respond well to training; can easily be grown against a wall or fence.

Care: Choose a warm, sheltered site to protect blossoms from frost. Thin tiny pears in midsummer for bigger fruit.

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Start harvesting at the end of summer and through the fall, depending on variety. Choose plants grown on smaller root stock and that are self-pollinating.

Care: Only prune plants when in active growth and not in winter, since this will help prevent fungal diseases.

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The quintessential taste of summer. Can be started earlier under cover, or extend the season with late varieties. Mulch under plants with straw or mats to protect fruit from rain splashes.

Care: Propagate new plants from runners (see page 159).

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Also try… Blackberries, Cherries, Cranberries, Figs, Gooseberries, Pomegranates, Quince, Raspberries, Red Currants, Rhubarb

Updated: October 19, 2015 — 10:41 am