fruit trees

  • bareroot fruit trees at a nursery
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    Tips for Choosing and Planting a Bareroot Fruit Tree in Northern California

    Plucking mouthwatering fruit from your own home-grown fruit tree is so rewarding. Growing your own lowers your carbon footprint (that luscious peach you're biting into was not driven in from…

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    The Best Fruit Trees for Southern California

    Fruit trees can be one of the best additions to any landscape. They offer shade and color in addition to healthy, delicious food. Many fruit trees can be grown in…

  • fig plant wrapped up for winter
    How-To

    Overwintering In-Ground Figs in Colder Climates

    The most important rule when growing figs in cold areas is to be creative. For example, I once met a Zone 5 grower who made a “figatorium,” a greenhouse with…

  • how to grow figs
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    How to Grow Figs, Even in Colder Climates

    Figs intrigue many gardeners. The breadth of interest struck me when I donated a spindly little dormant fig plant for a raffle and the winner told me she had received…

  • dormant fruit trees
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    Deciduous Fruit Tree Pruning Primer

    January and February mean that deciduous fruit tree pruning season is upon many of us. Although this garden task can be intimidating, there are some things to keep in mind…

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    7 Easy Fruit Trees to Grow Right in Your Own Backyard

    The main problem with many of the dwarf fruit trees available is that the fruit they produce rarely matches up to that of their full-size counterparts. Research continues, though, with…

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    How to Grow Dwarf Fruit Trees

    Growing your own orchard fruits in the backyard is extremely rewarding and gives you an empowering sense of resiliency. It reduces your carbon footprint (that luscious peach you’re biting into…

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    How to Prune Dwarf Fruit Trees

    Given the challenges of true dwarfing rootstocks (toppling and high moisture needs), many gardeners may choose a variety with a semi-dwarfing rootstock instead. That can be a good move. Semi-dwarfing…

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    Put Fruit Trees on Your Holiday Wish Lists

    Well, that was a wild and wooly autumn! Throughout the Rockies, autumn 2019 gave us unusually early and record-breaking cold temps, a blizzard, and some of the best fall colors…

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    Planting a Fruit Tree Guild

    Many gardeners have heard of the “three sisters,” a traditional example of companion planting for corn, beans, and squash. Fewer gardeners are familiar with the concept of a plant guild,…