We all love food from our own garden. And vegetables from your mini vegetable patch that you've grown yourself, tastes ten times better! And in summer, there's fruit as well - by which we mean soft fruit.
You can never eat enough strawberries. So start growing strawberries (Fragaria) yourself. Whether you have a garden, patio or balcony, you can grow strawberries anywhere. How about a vertical strawberry wall on your balcony? You can choose from various strawberry varieties. Some are harvested as early as June, others throughout the season.
Apart from strawberries, you can also plant soft fruit such as blackberries (Rubus fruticosus), red and yellow raspberries (Rubus idaeus), redcurrants, whitecurrants (Rubus rubrum) and blackcurrants (Ribes Nigrum) in your garden or on your patio or balcony. The latest varieties of soft fruit have been specially bred and usually have few or no thorns and yield a lot of fruit. In early summer you, the bees and butterflies can enjoy the blossom, and in the autumn you harvest the fruit. If you would like a summer fruit factory to produce the treats to enjoy in your yoghurt or your smoothie then place a blackberry or raspberry together with strawberry plants in a roomy pot for a double harvest.
Sweet snacks, popular since the Middle Ages
Blackberries, raspberries and currants grow all over the world, particularly in clearings in the woods and along forest fringes. We have been eating these natural sweet snacks for a long time, and soft fruit has been cultivated since the Middle Ages. Now we can grow soft fruit at home ourselves, particularly because the new varieties can grow in virtually any soil. You can enjoy this summer fruit year in, year out, since most are perennials.