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With house blocks becoming smaller and homes becoming larger, the garden for many people looks much different to the gardens of the past. The garden may be a small backyard, a courtyard or an apartment balcony. Small areas do not mean that you need to miss out on the pleasures of growing your own food. There have been fantastic ranges small growing fruiting trees developed that are perfect for pots and small garden spaces.

There are now a number of varieties of dwarf citrus trees that are extremely popular. ‘Lots ‘a’ Lemons’ is a dwarf Meyer Lemon tree. It is ideally suited for pots and containers on balconies or courtyards. It has lovely sweetly-scented blossoms with lots of full-size fruit being produced over a long fruiting season.

‘Lots of Limes’ is a dwarf growing form of Tahitian Lime that is also perfect for pots and small garden areas. Limes are an excellent source of Vitamin C and are popular in Asian cooking, drinks, seafood dishes, chicken, meats, desserts, cakes, biscuits and marmalade. Now it is possible to grow your own limes at home, no matter what your garden looks like.

There are also many varieties of dwarf deciduous fruiting trees such as Apples, Cherries, Nectarines, Peaches and Plums that will begin to arrive soon for planting during the winter months. These are excellent for growing fresh and healthy food at home in smaller spaces.

Many herbs and vegetables can be grown in pots or bowls. A selection of edible favourites planted together is a convenient way to ensure a constant fresh and tasty harvest with only a few steps to the kitchen.

Strawberries and blueberries are also excellent to grow in pots. Strawberries in hanging baskets are a fabulous way to grow these delicious delights while taking advantage of your available spaces. Blueberries are one of the most antioxidant rich foods in the world. They are packed with fibre, vitamins, minerals including Manganese, vitamin C, iron and potassium. They are so good for you and easily grown in pots at home.

By growing in pots, whatever your garden looks like, it is possible to fresh and healthy food at home.