Top 5 Fruits To Grow In Your Garden in Summer Season
Hot and dry summer months are the perfect season to grow and relish a variety of fruits. These fruits are not only delicious but have a lot of water content and nutrients that can keep you hydrated and energetic during the hot summer days. You don’t need a lot of space or experience to enjoy the benefits of these homegrown fruits.
Here are the 5 best summer fruits to grow at home that are easy to grow, delicious, and a boon for health.
Summers are incomplete without mangoes. They thrive in warm, humid climates with plenty of sunlight and well-draining soil. Fresh home-grown mangoes are not only delicious but also free of any chemicals. Savor them fresh, preserve them by freezing or drying them, or use them in pickles, jams, chutneys, shakes, or smoothies. A mango tree can be grown either from a seed or a nursery-bought grafted sapling. It takes 3-5 years for a mango tree to start fruiting. Manuring after every 2-3 months can ensure a good harvest. Growing mangoes at home is a rewarding and fun experience that will provide delicious fruits for years to come.
Guavas are delicious tropical fruits that can be easily grown at home. Guavas are rich in vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients that can benefit your health. Guava leaves have medicinal properties and are used for making delicious herbal tea. Guava trees can be easily planted by using cuttings from healthy trees. They need a warm and sunny location, well-drained soil, regular watering and fertilizing, and protection from frost and pests. Enjoy your homegrown guavas fresh, juiced, or cooked in various dishes.
Papayas are delicious tropical fruits that grow well in warm climates. They can be consumed as such or used to prepare jams, juices, or pickles. Papaya contains an enzyme papain that helps in the digestion of proteins. Its leaves also have medicinal properties. Papaya tree needs a good amount of sunlight, moisture, and fertilizer to thrive. Sow the dried seeds in a pot to grow a papaya tree from the seeds. Once the seedlings come out transplant them in the garden. Papaya produces three types of plants, male, female, and hermaphrodite. The plants can be only identified from their flowers. Only female and hermaphrodite plants produce fruits. A papaya tree starts producing fruits within 6-12 months of planting.
Jamun, also known as the Indian black plum, is a delicious and healthy fruit that grows on evergreen trees indigenous to India. It’s dark purple or black colored fruits are sweet and sour. You can eat them fresh, or use them to prepare juice, jam, or vinegar. They are also helpful in preventing several chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney stones, digestive disorders, cancer, etc., and maintaining healthy hair and skin. Their leaves are good for oral health. Jamun trees can be grown from seeds but propagation through stem cuttings is more popular as it ensures good quality fruits. They require a sunny spot with enough room for growth, adequate watering, and fertilization at least twice a year for fruiting.
Grapes are delicious and versatile fruit that can be grown easily in your backyard. Juicy and delicious grapes can keep you hydrated and energetic through the heat of summer. They can be eaten as such or used to make jams, jellies, juices, and vines. Grapes have several varieties to choose from. Grapevines should be planted in a sunny location with proper air circulation. They need support to grow and produce well. Use wooden posts, metal wires, bamboo poles, or any other sturdy structure to create a framework for your grapevines. Provide them with ample watering and fertilization for proper growth. They are also susceptible to fungal and pest attacks; therefore, they need to be sprayed with organic fungicides and pesticides from time to time. Harvest the fruits when they are ripe and ready to eat. Their color, size, taste, and texture vary depending on the variety and growing conditions. With proper care, grapevines can last up to 40 years.
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