At Engle's Greenhouse and Garden Center, we believe small fruits are great for home gardens. They require a minimum of space for the amount of fruit produced and bear one or two years after planting. Also, pest control typically is easier than with most tree fruits. Locate your small fruit planting as close to your house as possible, in full sun next to the vegetable garden is usually preferred. Strawberries may be used as a border for the flowerbed or as a ground cover. Grapes and raspberries may be planted parallel to the garden on a trellis or a fence along a property line. Blueberries may be planted to form a dense hedge or used in a foundation planting around the home. Small fruits thrive best in a fertile, sandy loam in soil high in organic matter, but they will give good returns on the average garden soil under adequate fertilization and good cultural practices.