I adore fresh fruit but it's getting so darn expensive.
I'm also a big fan of kids getting involved with growing and harvesting their own food. I think it's important for children to learn where their food comes from and how to grow it, plus home grown fruit tastes so much better than anything you can get in the shops. So maybe it'll encourage Little Miss to eat more fruits and vegetables.
So of course I've dedicated a section of the garden to growing my own fruit.
When the kids are older I may take over the lawn but for now that's theirs and I'm left with this little strip of earth next to my shed.
I bought a pack of strawberries from the garden centre. I didn't have time to grow them from seed this year and I was impatient to enjoy them. I've put a row of stones on the edge in an attempt stop Little Pickle from crawling all over them - it hasn't been very effective!
I picked up a few lavender plants too. Not really a fruit I know but it seemed like a good fit for this space. I'm looking forward to having dried lavender in everything next spring.
I bought this gooseberry bush years ago, I don't think I've had a harvest off it yet! I've been keeping it in a pot and I'm forever failing to keep on top of watering it. Hopefully next year will see some fruit.
This lovely rose has appeared from no where. Erm, I'm sure I cleared the area. There's quite a few nice roses dotted around the garden so I think I'll transplant this one to somewhere that suits me better.
This is my blueberry bush. I love, love, love blueberries. I've had this bush for years and it's barely clinging onto life never mind producing any fruit. Maybe being in the ground will suit it better - fingers crossed.
My black currant is doing fabulously. It got damaged in a storm last summer and I had to remove the bulk of the bush. This spring it shot up and really flourished when I put it in the ground. It only produced a few handfuls of fruits which the birds stole. I completely missed them as I wasn't expecting anything worth harvesting this year.
Hopefully my fruit patch will be more productive next year but this is a fair start, from little acorns and all that.