Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Growing Mulberry Trees

Who doesn’t remember summers spent eating the delectable mulberry morsels from neighborhood trees?

Mulberries are beneficial to our health in much the same way blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are. They are high in antioxidants and have been used medically to treat kidneys, fatigue, anemia and weakness. And we haven’t even begun to talk about the best feature – the taste!

Mulberries are aggregate fruit made up of tiny fruits called drupes. They are sweet with a mild but very recognizable flavor. As children, my friends and I knew where every mulberry bush or tree in the neighborhood was and we feasted on our way home from school daily. I still enjoy the taste of fresh picked mulberries.

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Fertilizing Apricot Trees

Know when and How Much Fertilizer to Use for Apricot Trees

Apricot trees are grown for their delicious fruit and beautiful spring blooms. The delicate nature of the blooms with relation to their low cold tolerance often means tree growers do not see crops annually. Some trees only produce fruit every third to fifth year because of the climate they are in. Fertilizer will not help with this problem but can help once you know your tree has set fruit.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Guide to Growing Paw Paws

A Historic American Fruit Making a Comeback

Paw paws have grown wild throughout North America for hundreds of years. They are the largest native fruit on the continent. Eventually, paw paws fell out of favor with growers as the fruit didn't last long and was therefore hard to ship. Interest in growing paw paws is increasing once again as the tree is sturdy and isn't subject to considerable pest infestations. Growing paw paws is fairly easy and will provide you with fresh paw paw fruit for decades. I have four paw paw trees that will produce their first crop next year here in coastal Georgia.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Caring for Your Own Apple Tree

Growing an apple tree requires a little care but provides bushels of rewards.

Apple trees are a favorite addition to the home landscape or backyard orchard because of their beautiful spring blooms, late summer to early fall fruit and ease of care. Taking care of an apple tree is simpler than you think. I know because I have 3 of them. Just give them the proper location, enough water and sunshine, yearly fertilization, a little pruning and check on them periodically to make sure they don’t become sick or insect-infested. Follow these simple guidelines and you’ll be eating an apple a day in no time.