More and more people are growing vegatables in the smallest of spaces with great success. Short term crops provide salads especially throughout the greater part of the year but to date few people have moved on to perennial crops including 'top fruit'.
Apples, pears, plums and cherries can now all be grown in containers as 'mini fruit' trees. These grow on 'special' roots that not only prevent the tree growing very big but also spurs it to produce large crops. They are provided by the nursery as 5' trees that soon grow to heavy cropping 7'-8' plants. Plant in a soil based compost such as John Innes No.3 in a 24"-30" diameter container. They must be watered well throughout the growing season so its worth setting up an automatic watering system such as Hozelock's Aquapod.( www.hozelock.com )
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