Another edible trend for the past few years are in the introduction of compact fruit and vegetable varieties into the market that can be grown in containers or in small gardens.
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1. Berries – We have highlighted the Brazelberry© line of dwarf berry bushes before which feature tiny versions of Blueberries and (thornless!) Raspberries. These little cuties only get about 2′ tall and wide which make them perfect for containers on decks, or in raised beds. (If you do plant them in a container permanently be sure to protect the root system in the winter.)
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2. Vegetables – There is a new variety of dwarf corn on the market, Yukon Chief© grows only 3′ – 4′ tall making it container worthy. Sweet Big Dipper© Green Bell Peppers only get 12” tall and 18”-24” wide. Venice© Bush Beans stay a petite 12” tall and 16” wide. Try these in a container this year!
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3. Trees – Dwarf fruit trees and easy to grow and require very little room to grow. Pink Lady© Apple gets only 12′ – 15′ tall and is self pollinating. An old favorite the Bartlett© Pear grows only 10′ wide and 12′ – 15′ tall (not self pollinating). Both are easy to grow.