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Small but feasible: How to use small outdoor spaces as a place to grow fruit-bearing trees

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Many urban gardeners find joy in growing vegetables in limited spaces. But those who have a small allowance in their outdoor space can opt to grow fruit-bearing trees that have benefits such as providing food, shade, and fresh air. 

To begin growing fruit-bearing trees from either seeds or a sapling, gardeners need to have a container with good drainage, potting soil, and an area that gets the right amount of sunlight. 

Growing fruit trees is not entirely complicated since it doesn’t require any prior gardening experience. It just needs a little bit of time and the basic knowledge on how to go about things. 

Start with making sure that the pot has drainage holes in the bottom for excess water to flow out of. Then, add a nice layer of potting soil to the base of the pot before planting the tree on top to allow its base to crest just above the top of the pot. 

Fill in the rest of the area around the tree with potting soil. 

If starting from a seed, plant it near the center of the pot. 

After the seeds or saplings are planted, place the trees in an area that receives a steady amount of direct sunlight, about six to eight hours a day. Keep the trees well-watered and feed them with fertilizer every couple of weeks. 

When kept watered, pruned, and fed, trees will take care of themselves and eventually bear fruits for gardeners to enjoy. 

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Patricia Bianca S. Taculao
Patricia Taculao, or Patty as she likes to be called, is a content producer for Manila Bulletin Digital Lifestyle. She graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She loves to spend her free time, reading, painting, and watching old movies.

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