If you think fruit at the grocery store seems expensive, especially organic, you’re right. Grow fruit all summer long for almost the same cost of one helping at the grocery store.
Growing your own fruit is easy, rewarding and helps slash your grocery bills. Plus, nothing tastes better than homegrown.
Below are the five most expensive grocery store fruits to grow at home.
1. Blueberries. Say goodbye to a pint of $5 blueberries. Blueberry shrubs can cost as little as $8 and will provide berries for years to come. These tasty, antioxidant-packed berries also help improve heart health. Grow in full sun with acidic soil in zones 3-9. In South Florida, plant Southern highbush varieties.
2. Raspberries. At the store, raspberries can sell for as much as $7 a pound. For as little as a dollar more, you can plant your own raspberry shrub. Raspberries are loaded with antioxidants and taste amazing on everything from yogurt to dessert. Grow in full sun in zones 4-9.
3. Strawberries. Strawberries are a summertime staple. Yet at $3 a pound, their cost quickly adds up. Grow in full sun in zones 3-10. In South Florida, plant ‘Camarosa’ or ‘Festival’ strawberries.
4. Goji berries. Grow this superfood for less than the cost of a single bag of dried berries. Slightly sweet, goji berries are full of antioxidants, which boost your immune system and promote healthy skin. Grow in full sun in zones 5-9.
5. Figs. Fig trees not only produce tasty fruit, they also make any yard look picturesque. These trees require little attention and can be grown either in the ground or in a container. Harvest fruits in June, July or August.