Archive for the What’s Wrong With My Fruit Garden? Category

Potted Lemons

“Our ‘Improved Meyer’ lemon is perfectly happy it its pot and produces fruit for us every year. Because lemon requires very little heat compared to other citrus, especially grapefruit, you will easily obtain edible fruit from container grown lemons. And besides, the plants are handsome, the foliage is lovely, and the fragrance of their flowers is heavenly, all of which makes them desirable houseplants that more »

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Peach Flowers

“The peach is a highly ornamental small tree with beautiful large pink flowers in spring and attractive yellow/orange foliage color in the fall. The delicious fruit might be considered a bonus in addition to the landscape value of the tree.” Excerpted from “What’s Wrong With My Fruit Garden?” by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth. Timber Press, December, 2013. Click here to order your copy of more »

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Apple Scab

“Brown corky spots occur on fruit and brown spots develop on leaves. Fruit may become deformed. Apple scab.” Excerpted from “What’s Wrong With My Fruit Garden?” by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth. Timber Press, December, 2013. Click here to order your copy of the book .

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Mason Bees

“Aside from bad weather, too few bees can cause poor pollination. Honeybee colonies are dying due to colony collapse disorder (CCD). For insurance, create habitat for native solitary bees like the blue orchard mason bee. They are extremely efficient pollinators of numerous crops. Nest boxes for these and other native bees are available at most garden centers and on the internet.” Excerpted from “What’s Wrong more »

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Beneficial Insects

“Flies are members of the order Diptera, which means they have only two wings instead of four. This group includes many beneficial insects such as syrphid or hover flies, and tachinid flies, both of which are predators of destructive insect pests.” Excerpted from “What’s Wrong With My Fruit Garden?” by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth. Timber Press, December, 2013. Click here to order your copy more »

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Strawberries

“Strawberries are highly ornamental and are welcome additions to any landscape. Shallow rooted, they find use as an excellent ground cover anywhere. Possibly the easiest of all fruit bearing plants to grow in a container you can easily accommodate strawberry plants in pots on your deck or patio.” Excerpted from “What’s Wrong With My Fruit Garden?” by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth. Timber Press, December, more »

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Watermelons

“There are many different watermelon cultivars available with fruits that vary in size, flesh color, days to maturity, and whether they have seeds or are seedless. One interesting heirloom strain is called ‘Moon and Stars’ where the fruits and leaves are polkadotted with bright yellow, round spots.” Excerpted from “What’s Wrong With My Fruit Garden?” by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth. Timber Press, December, 2013. more »

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Walnuts

“Pecan  and walnut are related trees in the same botanical family, the Juglandaceae. Both of them are monoecious with dozens of tiny male flowers in four inch long dangly catkins and female flowers in small upright clusters of three to five at the branch tips.” Excerpted from “What’s Wrong With My Fruit Garden?” by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth. Timber Press, December, 2013. Click here more »

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Persimmons

“The scientific name of this genus, Diospyros, comes to us from ancient Greek and refers to divine fruit, fruit of the gods, or food of the gods. People who know and love this fruit certainly agree. The divine flavor is complex, sweet and a little tangy, and the texture like jelly. You wait till they’re fully ripe and soft then you cut them open and more »

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Pomegranate

“What makes pomegranate flowers unusual is their size, to two inches wide, and their color, a glowing neon vermillion. Flower color varies by cultivar and can be orange, yellow, pink, or white, but the typical color is an intense orange-red. The flowers have five to seven crinkly, crepe-like petals and are very attractive to hummingbirds.” Excerpted from “What’s Wrong With My Fruit Garden?” by David more »

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