how to grow Keto Friendly Fruit on your patio or in your garden

Enjoy keto friendly fruit right from your own garden.

Most all fruits are high in carbs. A strict keto diet allows only 20 grams of carbohydrates per day.

Fortunately, some fruits are allowed and we can grow them on our porch, patio and in our yards.

keto friendly fruit

Avocados and berries are both compatible with the keto lifestyle.

  • Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are all keto friendly fruit we can grow in our backyard.

Strawberries and dwarf blueberries can be grown in containers on our patio or porch. There are also, compact varieties of raspberries and blackberries to grow in our containers.

Avocados are a wonderful keto fruit we can grow, if we live in a tropical climate like central and south Florida.

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strawberries

  • Strawberries are the easiest keto friendly fruit for the beginning home gardener to grow. They are quite rewarding.

Strawberries are a keto friendly fruit from the Rosaceae, family related to roses.

SELECTING - There are two types of strawberries.

  • June bearing types produce one large crop in the late spring or early summer.
  • The ever bearing type produces a good crop in the spring, and they continue to produce small amounts of fruit all summer to fall.
Delicious, keto friendly fruit are easy to grow in your garden.Strawberries are great fruit for beginners
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Consult your local nurseries or extension service for the best varieties to grow in your area.

Purchase your plants from a dependable nursery that will have disease-free plants.

Strawberries are self-fertile, so you only need one variety.

  • Early season; Redrich, Fairfax, Earlidawn
  • Midseason; Catskil, Empire, Guardian, Midway, SureCrop, Redchief
  • Late season; Jerseybelle and Sparkle
  • Ever bearing; Ozark Beauty, Geneva, Ogallala, Dunlap, Superfection


PLANTING - Strawberries grow well in containers or you may plant them in the garden.

The plants grow about 4 to 6 inches tall and 12 inches wide. They produce runners that go out and root in the ground to make more strawberry plants.

  • They need sun and a rich, well-drained soil. Work plenty of rotted manure or organic matter into your planting area.

If your soil is not good draining, you have options. Plant the strawberries on the slope, in mounds raised 5 to 6 inches high or in raised rows.

  • There are different planting styles for this keto friendly fruit.

One method is not better than the others. It’s all a matter of personal preference. Even commercial growers cultivate their strawberries by individual methods.

  1. You may set the plants in rows 12 inches apart.  Pinch off all the runners to encourage a strong central plant. This will give you beautiful, strong healthy plants.

  2. Set the plants 18 to 24 inches apart and allow all the runners in the row to develop. You will soon have a mass of strawberries that produce a lot of fruit.

  3. Set the plants 24 inches apart. Allow two or four runners per plant to take root.  This will give you an orderly strawberry bed that produces well.

  4. Strawberries may also be planted in containers.

Strawberries are good looking plants with the dark green leaves, white flowers and red fruit. They look great in any type of container. These keto friendly fruit not only feed us, but they can decorate the porch, up the side of the stairs or the patio.

You may use strawberry pots that have holes on the sides. Place a plant in each hole on the sides of the pot. The strawberry plants and fruit cascade down the sides of the pot. They are quite attractive.

  • Plant your strawberries carefully. The crown should be slightly above the soil level. If you plant them too deep, they will not survive.

Sometimes you have to encourage runners to root with a clothes pen or forked stick to anchor the tip to the soil, so it will grow roots.


CARE - Mulch your strawberries to keep weeds down and keep the berries clean.

  • They need frequent, deep watering especially when they are producing.
  • Fertilize your strawberry plants twice a year in the spring before growth starts and again after the first crop of berries.

If you have patience, the first growing season, remove all the flowers and cut off all the runners with a good sharp knife. This will develop strong, healthy plants.





blueberries

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Blueberries are a keto friendly fruit, but they are more than fruit. They are handsome shrubs that can be used in the landscape as well. They are an upright shrub with dark green leaves that will turn red or yellow in the fall.

Most blueberries will grow 5 or 6 feet tall. There are also small varieties that are suitable for growing in containers on your porch or patio.

Blueberries are native in the eastern United States. They are in the same plant family as azaleas and rhododendrons.

They bloom in the spring with small whitish, urn shaped flowers and then produce their fruit during the summer.

SELECTING - Different varieties of blueberries will fruit early, mid-season and late season. So with a couple of plants for each season, you will have a harvest of these keto friendly fruit over a longer season.

Blueberries are not self-pollinating, so you will need at least two different varieties of blueberry bushes to produce the delicious fruit.

  • Early variety - Earliblue
  • Mid-season - Stanley and Bluecrop
  • Late - Jersey or Colville
  • Containers - Jubilee is self-pollinating, so you only need one


PLANTING - They like sun and cool, moist acid soil that that drains well.

Plant them about 4 to 5 feet apart. In a hedge row plant them 3 feet apart.

  • When you dig the hole to plant them, mix the soil half-and-half with peat to make it acidic. Plant them the same level they were at the nursery.

Mulch them heavily with acid material such as oak leaves or pine needles.


CARE - After planting blueberries don’t need much care except keep them evenly moist.

  • They need extra water when the fruit is forming to produce good sized berries.
  • Fertilize once a year with an acid forming fertilizer, such as used on azaleas and rhododendrons. Or use ammonium sulfate fertilizer about a half a cup per bush.

There is no need to prune them until after a couple years of growth.

Prune in the late winter or early spring before they start to grow. Remove any broken or deformed branches and weak side shoots.

On older plants remove any tough, old wood to give room for new growth.

While you are pruning keep in mind that you want to provide plenty of air circulation between the branches.

  • Blueberries tend to overproduce. Too many fruit, means smaller fruit and it will weaken the plant. So tip the ends of the branches back to where the fruit are spaced farther apart on the branches.

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