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There is nothing quite like the taste of homegrown, handpicked fruit and vegetables and the pure satisfaction of accomplishment when you fill your basket with this bounty and take it into the kitchen.  The one reason that seems to be driving this landscaping trend is that homeowners are starting to realize that you don’t need to live on a farm to grow fruits and vegetables.  Backyards are starting to be transformed into growing small fruit trees and small fruit and vegetables.  If you think about it, it only makes since.  Why not have your flowering trees and flowering shrubs be fruit bearing in the landscape around the house.
                Whether you do live out on a farm or have a suburban backyard, the same concept of planting properly and planting in the right location is identical.  Bottom line:  fruits and vegetables need a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight in order to grow and produce fruit.
                Are you ready to give it a try this spring?  If so, come see us and we will help you make the right choices and give you the advice needed to be a successful fruit and vegetable grower. 
Here are just a few basic tips that you need to know:
  1. Look at your area.  Think about what you would like to grow.  Do you have the needed sunlight? 
  2. Learn the growing dimensions of the fruiting trees and small fruit that you are considering.  By learning this information then it will help you to determine how many of these trees or shrubs you have room for to plant. 
  3. Soil preparation is the key for success when planting any tree or shrub.  Amend the soil with some good organic compost such as Leaf Gro and Black Kow.  Once the hole is dug, add Espoma Bio Tone in the hole before placing the plant.  Bio Tone attaches itself to the root system of the plant.  Bio Tone is a starter plant food that promotes stronger root development and growth.
  4. Do you know the difference between self-sterile and self-fertile?  It comes down to pollination. 
Self-sterile fruits need to be cross pollinated with another fruit.  Self-sterile fruit will not reliably produce fruit unless another compatible plants is planted nearby.  Furthermore, these plants often need bees or other beneficial pollinators to help ensure pollen makes it from the male to the female flowers.  Some fruits that fall into this category include:  apples, blueberries, sweet cherries, pears, plums.  So, if you want to grow one of these fruit trees then you need to be sure that you have room to plant at least two trees.
 Self-fertile means that the trees or shrubs are self pollinating.  If you don’t want to fuss with cross pollination or you only want to plant one tree, then you want to be sure to plant a fruit tree or shrub that is self-pollinating.  Some fruits that fall into this category include:  sour cherries, hardy figs, grapes, peaches, nectarines, persimmons, goji berries.
  1.  Most fruit trees that are sold today are either dwarf or semi-dwarf in order to be able to accommodate the needed space.  Dwarf trees typically grow 10 to 12’ tall and need to be planted about 10’ apart from one another.  Semi-dwarf trees will grow nearly 15’ tall and should be planted about 15’ apart from one another.
  2. Once you have made your selection and planted the fruit trees or shrubs you need to be patient.  It can take 2j or 3 years or more before yielding any fruit.
We pride ourselves with our selection of fruit trees and small fruit.  When you are ready to talk fruit then come see us.  We would love the opportunity to help you with this landscaping trend.
                                                                                HAPPY GARDENING!!
Posted: 4/7/2017 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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