Growing Fruits
Growing Fruits
You don't have to own a large estate to grow a wide variety of fruits at home. If you don't have space for full-sized trees, you can plant dwarf forms of apples, pears and other fruits. Or try pruning and training trees on a trellis in the time-honored technique known as espalier. Grow a grapevine over an arbor or pergola. Plant lowbush blueberries or strawberries in a bed near the house. Even container growing is possible, giving northern gardeners a chance to grow citrus, figs and other frost-tender fruit trees....
Garden Section Fruit trees are somewhat fussy about where they're planted. If you were planting a large commercial orchard, site selection would be critical. But for a small home orchard, you...
 
Pruning & Training Fruit Trees
 Growers often neglect the annual training and pruning of fruit trees. Without training and pruning, however, fruit trees will not develop proper shape and form. Properly trained and pruned trees will yield high quality fruit much earlier in their lives and live significantly longer. A primary objective of training and pruning is to develop a strong tree framework that will support fruit pro...
 
Espaliered Fruit Trees
Espalier training in the classic European styles can be traced back to techniques developed in mid-1600s by Father Legendre of Hanonville France. The problem Father Legendre faced was that the last frost of the season would kill the fruit buds. It was noted that the trees planted nearest the monastery walls always suffered less bud kill than those located out in the open. So he planted more trees ...
 
Growing Herbs
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Choosing Herbs to Grow in a Perennial Edible Garden
Many herbs do quite well in the backyard garden and make a fine addition to the perennial edible garden. Some can be invasive, but there are tricks for dealing with them. By taking...
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Growing Herbs
People have used herbs for their culinary and healing properties for many centuries. Today, herbs are as popular as ever, perhaps even more so. Cooks love the unique flavors that h...
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The Types Of Comment Herbs
When you are thinking of planting your own herbs, many come to mind. The most common herbs would be the ones you know will replace some of the ones you buy in the store. These...