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.
Avocados and berries are both compatible with the keto lifestyle.
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.
Strawberries are a keto friendly fruit from the Rosaceae, family related to roses.
SELECTING - There are two types of strawberries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.