Within our Gardening Help website you will find a wealth of information for the home fruit gardener. We have factsheets for recommended varieties, and we also highly recommend the University of Missouri Extension Guides on fruits.  We have a section on frequently asked questions on fruit gardening and specific information on growing a wide selection of common and uncommon fruits. We also have a very complete listing of the most common insect and disease problems on fruits in the lower Midwest. Click the links below to take you to detailed information in each category.

Getting Started

These factsheets and guides will give the basic information you need for starting a fruit garden.

Kemper Factsheets

Soil Improvement

Good soil is essential for any garden including a fruit garden. Here are answers to some of the most common questions gardeners have about their soil and how to improve it. it.


Kemper Factsheets

Crops to Grow

Here is information in our PlantFinder on a wide range of fruit crops.


MBG PlantFinder

Click below to get a listing of fruits included in our PlantFinder. Click on each fruit crop in the list for more information.

Additional Information

Gardening Calendar

Follow our "Gardening by Month" calendar of what to do in your garden.
Click on "Tips and Tasks" on a month and scroll down to "fruits".

University of Missouri Extension and Missouri State University

At these two sites you will find a wealth of excellent fruit gardening guides.