Harvesting fruit

In home garden you can grow large quantities of fruits. If you select the right fruit trees of different varieties and some fruit bushes, you can enjoy fresh fruit from late spring to late autumn. Fruits can be stored or processed to enjoy them throughout the year.

If you want to enjoy fresh fruit, you should pick it when it is fully ripe. All fruits usually do not ripen at the same time, so fresh fruits are available for several days in a row. Apple's and pear's maturity can be checked in the way that we slightly lift and turn fruit with the palm of a hand. Ripe fruit will tear off with petiole. At other fruits pay attention to the colour and hardness of fruits.

For longer storage gather fruits before they fully ripen. Pick them together with petioles. Remove all damaged, battered, tilt or diseased fruits as they will begin to rot soon.

Fruits are usually picked by hand but be careful not to damage branches. Cherries and grapes should be picked with scissors to prevent damaging trees.

When trees are to high to allow picking fruits from ground, ladder or a fruit picker should be used. The most practical are collapsible ladders that are free-standing and allow fruit-picking on external branches. With simple ladders that are leaned on a tree, you will not reach all fruits on the outer branches. When setting up ladders be careful about stability. When using ladder assistant should be always present who will take care of stability and help in case of accident.

Fruit picker is a useful tool for picking larger solid fruits such as quince, apples and pears. Typically, these are special textile bags with metal teeth to tear the fruit on the telescopic boom. They can reach several meters high. When using fruit picker, you should be especially careful not to damage branches.

Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are harvested every day or at least every other day. Regularly picking stimulates the production of new flowers and fruits.