Planning a Fruit Garden

Get your fruit garden off to a great start by implementing these techniques for planning a fruit garden.

Working With Microclimates
Microclimate comes into play with spring frost hazard. A difference of a few degrees of temperature can spell the difference between a bountiful harvest and just a few, or no, fruits. Hence the importance of a microclimate.
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Grow Fruit Naturally
“Grow Fruit Naturally” by gardening expert Lee Reich provides more than 30 in-depth profiles of fruits and shows how to successfully grow them using all-natural growing techniques.
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Apple Orchard
Apples need cross-pollination, so a ‘McIntosh’ tree needs another variety, such as ‘Red Delicious’, nearby to bear fruit.
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Within the flower, pollen from the anthers unites with egg cells in the stigmas to form seeds, and in so doing stimulates the development of the fleshy covering around the seed—the fruit!
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Parts Of The Flower
Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the male parts of a flower (the anthers) to the female parts of a flower (the stigmas).
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Grafted Tree
The “rootstock” of a grafted plant provides merely the roots and a short length of trunk upon which is grafted the stem of a desired variety; all growth above the graft, which always remains at the same height, is of the grafted variety.
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Approximate Fruit Yields
A selection of plants that bear fruit over a long season lets you spread out the harvest and preserve the bounty at a more leisurely pace and extends the season during which you can enjoy fresh fruit.
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Spacing Between Fruit Plants
The distance you should set your plant away from other plants, buildings, or walls depends on how big your plant(s) will eventually grow. Eventual size is determined by the richness of the soil, pruning, and a plant’s inherent vigor.
Chart Courtesy The Taunton Press

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