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Posted on 17 September 2008 by

Urban Garden Casual Answers Reader’s Fruit Tree Question

Peach TreesBy Cindy Naas

Kathie, good for you for adding a fruit tree to your garden!

A well-maintained peach tree should give you one of the best highlights of your gardening year.

Nothing is better than a warm juicy peach fresh from the tree.

Fruit trees can produce crops of fruit as early as one year after planting, but this should be discouraged. It is best to pinch off the blossoms or snip off the tiny fruits before they begin to develop.

The tree should instead be allowed to put all its energy into developing a healthy root system for the first year or even two. Allowing the tree to set and bear fruit in its first year probably caused the small size of these peaches.However, there are some other factors which might account for the small size of your peaches.

Here are a few things to remember about peach trees:

1. Peaches need Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 18 August 2008 by

UGC Reader Question: Growing Vegetables in Polluted Areas

By Vanessa Richins

Vivian Campbell is wondering “about the safety of vegetables grown on a terrace in a polluted city like Cairo, which is where I live. Any help available? Thanks.”

Hello from the other side of the world!

As the world becomes more industrialized and the air, soil and water more polluted, it is indeed a concern to gardeners everywhere.

One plan that I would suggest is, if possible, bring the plants inside. You can surround them with plants that work to purify the air. Some plants that are especially efficient at removing air pollution include (as tested by NASA) :

  • Bamboo palm, Chamaedorea seifritzii
  • Chinese evergreen, Aglaonema modestum
  • English ivy
  • Fiscus, Benjamina
  • Gerbera daisy, Transvaal daisy
  • Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’
  • Dracaena ‘Marginata’ Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 07 July 2008 by

UGC Reader Question: Can I Grow Dwarf Peach Trees in Containers?

By Vanessa Richins

Mary C. writes: “I would like to plant a dwarf peach tree in a container and bring it indoors for the winter for year round peaches. Will this work? What size container? What kind of soil?”

Hello. I have some good news and some bad news.

You certainly can plant a dwarf peach tree in a container. Another possibility, depending on the height of your ceiling, could be one of the new columnar peaches, which grow in a very narrow, upright shape.

You would want to start with a container that is a few inches larger than Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 23 June 2008 by

UGC Reader Question: Can You Grow Sweet Potatoes in a Container?

By Vanessa Richins

Many vegetables are suitable for planting in a container, and sweet potatoes are no exception!

These relatives of the Morning Glory plant are very easy to grow this way.

First, you should get your sweet potato sprouting. If you can, try to find locally or organic grown sweet potatoes, as the ones you find in regular grocery stores are often chemically treated to keep them from sprouting. All you need to do is place the root end (the smaller one) in a jar of water and wait.

They like it hot, so keep it somewhere that is Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 15 June 2008 by

UGC Reader Question: How Much Fertilizer do I put in my Upside Down Tomatoes

Urban Garden Casual reader, Joyce Dunn, asks the following question:

“My husband saw the upside down tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets and wants to plant two now!!

All I have (it’s too far to go to town) is organic Miracle Gro potting Mix, Espoma dolomite, and Espoma fertilizer 4-6-6.

How much of each would you say goes into a 5 gal. bucket?

We would like to get the ratio right so we don’t burn the tomatoes. BTW, I like your site and have bookmarked it – very interesting.”

Joyce, thanks for the kind words about Urban Garden Casual, we’re glad you are enjoying it!

I hope my answer will help. I would use Read the rest of this entry »


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