Posted on 09 March 2009 by urbangardencasual.com
By Vanessa Richins
At my last residence, we had two lovely old apple trees.
One year, I collected apples and made crisps.
However, the next year, I was busy with working 2 jobs and more. Many of the apples just fell to the ground and were wasted by the time I stopped and noticed the tree.
We did have people politely ask sometimes if they could have some of the apples, and we were happy to share. I hated to see them go unused.
It is in this spirit that Lisa Kivet of Sustainablog shares her 3 tips for adopting your neighbor’s fruit tree.
As she says, “Step up to the plate — or bushel — and tap into these unwanted fruit on trees in backyards across the nation that could be making the world a better place through more pie — or jam or cobblers or muffins — you get the picture.”
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Posted on 17 September 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By 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:
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Posted on 07 September 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Cindy Naas
Just because you garden in the city doesn’t mean you can’t grow some delicious fresh fruits.
There are good choices for any gardener, whether your garden is a small plot or a collection of pots on the stairs.
Here are a few great ideas for growing fruit in the urban garden:
Strawberries- There are a couple of choices for strawberries in a smaller garden. Traditionally, strawberries have been a spring or early summer fruit and the vines continue growing for the entire summer. For the very smallest gardens, this takes up a lot of space for very little return. I have a small strawberry patch, but my garden is fairly large for a city garden.
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