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Posted on 29 January 2013 by

5 Ways to Protect Ones Fruit Crop

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By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Oh how I love blackberries, raspberries, cherries, and gooseberries but so does rabbits, deer and other creatures of the wild.

While I am completely against killing these creatures great and small, I do utilize organic techniques that deter them away from my fruit crops.

Below are 5 techniques that I have used successfully.

The key to using these techniques is to always change it up. Animals, just like humans, become accustomed to everyday noises and distractions. Changing it up, keeps the animals on their toes or claws, no pun intended, and protects your crop.

1. Flash Tape – This tape is a specially designed tape that is red on one side and silver on the other. The tape is strung so that it twists upon it self. This twisting moves in the wind and gives the illusion of fire. To utilize this technique to its fullest, only put it out when you begin to see damage and take down at the end of the season or when the fruit is gone. Leaving it up will allow the animals to get used to it and it will become ineffective.

2. Loud Noises – A radio playing loudly can Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 05 May 2011 by

Growing Fruit on a Balcony with a Simple Flower Pouch

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Everyone that can go outside can grow fruit of some sort.

Strawberries are an easy fruit to start with if you are a beginning gardener and/or apartment dweller.

This project requires more planning then what is needed when using a strawberry container, but it is well worth the effort, especially if space is limited.

To begin the process, first decide if you want to start your strawberries from seed or just buy the plants. Growing strawberries from seed is not difficult to do but you will need Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 11 March 2011 by

Grow Your Own Super Fruit: The Pomegranate

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

This year I have made a commitment to be more hyper-local in my food choices.

I have decided not to eat anything out of season that I have not canned or frozen and I will not eat anything exotic that I have not grown myself.

But when I made this personal commitment I did not think about one of my favorite fruits and that is the pomegranate.

Pomegranates are not that difficult to grow and actual do well indoors since they are self-pollinating. They can be started from seed or cuttings without much trouble and require only the basic equipment needed for any type of plant.

They can even tolerate a few nights of below 32 F degrees but it is always a good idea to move indoor when the temperatures dip into the low 40s F degrees.

To start pomegranates from seed requires a little work and patience. First remove the seeds from the pomegranate and eat a few during the process. I know what you are thinking, this is about growing pomegranates but everyone needs the energy to continue through this process. Once the seeds are Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 25 February 2011 by

My Fairy Tale Urban Fruit Orchard

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I was raised in an area where my family could go out and pick fresh apples, pears, and peaches during the summer.

As my children grew up they too experienced the joy of picking your own fruit from the many trees that their Pappy had in the orchard.

But this year, as my children fly the nest, I plan to reproduce my dad’s orchard in an urban setting or in my case on less than 1/5 of an acre.

The first thing I have done like any gardening project is to plan my garden or in this case my orchard. I decided I was going to use a European style of orchard management that utilized bending and training fruit trees to grow in a small area.

My small area consisted of the land along my privacy fence. At first Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 07 September 2008 by

Best Fruit For The Small Garden

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.

The other choice is Read the rest of this entry »


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