Archive for the ‘Fruit’ Category

A Gardener’s Dilemma – Pineberry

  The wonderful hybrid (not genetically engineered) Pineberry is a variety of strawberry somewhat new to our gardens. We purchased only one plant last spring, they can be somewhat expensive after all, and planted it in a new bed with a few strawberry plants we got from their runners. We did what we normally do with a […]

November 17, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: FAQs, Fruit  3 Comments

How to Grow Pineberries Pt. 1

Although white strawberries have been around for a very long time, they almost became extinct. This more recent variety is a hybrid cross between two strawberry varieties, and is reputed to have a slight pineapple taste. Some gardeners have suggested that has been bred out over time, so we’ll get back to you on it. […]

May 10, 2015  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Fruit, How to Grow  No Comments

5 Great Reasons to Grow a Pixie Grape

Okay, so we know this Pixie Grape is still a wee plant, but we wanted to share info about it in case you want to get your hands on one as well. So use your imagination, and picture this: 1. This variety grows best in a container, even small ones. So, even if your garden […]

May 4, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Fruit, How to Grow, Preparedness & Green Living, Techniques & Issues, You Can Grow That!  No Comments

Adding Perennial Fruit Trees to Your Garden

No matter the size of your garden, adding fruit trees and shrubs can insure your ability to easily have a supply of healthy edibles. Small gardens, such as my equaintance Jack’s, can use the espalier method for growing fruit. See how very little space was needed yet can still provide fresh fruit. We’re fortunate to […]

April 26, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Fruit, How to Grow  No Comments

How to Grow – Strawberries

Strawberries are easy to grow once they are established, but many die because of improper planting. The strawberry above planted itself from a runner that landed in a mulched pathway. You can see how shallow the root system was, just barely below ground level. This picture is a close-up of a strawberry crown. When you […]

April 11, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Fruit, How to Grow  10 Comments

How to Grow Aronia for Both Health & Landscape Appeal

A beautiful and nutritious perennial border? Yep, you can grow that! There are a number of varieties of chokecherry, AKA Aronia; we chose the black ‘melanocarpa’ because it has higher levels of anthocyanins, the substance that both produces the dark color and brings up the level of health benefits. These berries are reputed to have […]

October 4, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Fruit, How to Grow  2 Comments

How to Grow – Grapes

Grapes are relatively easy to grow, though they do take up quite a bit of room. It is best to let them vine up an arbor or fence, and they do look lovely this way as well. Choose a variety that will do well in your area, and that you like the taste of. Reliance, […]

March 16, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Fruit, How to Grow  No Comments

2 Things to Know About Non-Standard Fruit Trees

Whatever type and size fruit or nut tree you decide to plant, get as much information as possible. If space is a consideration, you may well be looking into dwarf and semi-dwarf trees. There are two main things to know first: What is most important is the information that these trees actually are a graft […]

October 1, 2013  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Fruit, How to Grow  No Comments

Think Outside the Big Box

A few weeks ago we went to Home Depot for flooring. Not only did we come home with that, we bought a dwarf plum tree as well. I couldn’t resist, what can I say. We had a space open where an almond tree we bought from a reputable company online did not survive. That poor […]

September 15, 2013  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Fruit, How to Grow  No Comments

Fruit Trees in Small Gardens -You Can Grow That!

Not long ago we looked at the espalier method of growing fruit trees. The photo on that post was of a huge garden at Kylemore Abbey in Ireland. The trees were grown against a wall as a way of increasing how much heat they received. But the espalier method, a simple pruning and staking technique, […]

May 4, 2013  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Fruit, Techniques & Issues, You Can Grow That!  One Comment