I've been doing some research on the best fruits to grow in containers. It's tough in my region, unless you have a heated sunroom in which to overwinter them, to grow things like citrus.
It's a darned shame. How I would love to be able to walk out my door and pick some fresh lemons for my iced tea.
Or limes for my raspberry gin.
However, there are other fruits that can grow quite happily in containers. Depending on your zone, some may need to be put in an unheated garage to overwinter, once they go dormant.
Like my baby fig tree. I'm praying it will wake up soon and grow up big and strong like the one in the photo.
Generally, if your plant is hardy to TWO zones below what your growing zone is, it will do fine outdoors all winter in a large container.
However, since we are at the cold end of zone 5A, it's tough to find anything that will survive in a container through our harsh Northeastern winters.
Except for chives.
And weeds. Weeds would survive a nuclear attack, I'm convinced.
So, if I want to grow fruit at my new home, my options are to either dig a big hole in the ground, or buy a big pot and be prepared to move it into the garage in the winter.
Our ground is so full of enormous rocks I will gladly move a large pot into the garage for the winter! It's miles easier than digging a giant hole on this mountain top.
So, the new berry plants got planted in large containers this weekend.
From left to right, there's a black currant, raspberry, and red currant.
They will live out on the stone patio for the summer, where they should be quite content.
I have them all on wheeled saucers that will make it easier to move them into the garage for the winter.
There's plenty of sun on the patio, and they are protected from high winds, right next to the garage wall.
I planted the strawberries around the base of the berry shrubs. I'm not sure how that will work out, it's an experiment.
Stay tuned. I might have to move them as the shrubs fill in.
I'm also hoping the bear will stay away. He can help himself all he wants to the wild berry brambles at the edge of the property.
Just stay away from my patio.
I also pray that the birds will let me have a few berries and not eat them all.
After all, I do treat them well. Look at that little chickadee eating a safflower seed. They are so spoiled, my critters!
On another note, the mountains were so gorgeous yesterday evening when I was outside grilling I had to take some photos to share with all of you.
While taking photos of the mountains I caught two birds, one coming in for landing, one leaving.
I never get tired of that view.
It will shrink soon, when the trees fill in.
But I know it will be there waiting for me when the fall comes and the leaves are gone once more.
And hopefully by then I'll have a freezer full of berries.