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Growing Apples and Pears

Apples and pears can be grown in a variety of ways, ranging from free standing specimens for the middle of lawn or border to nearly trained types for growing against a fence or a wall or other type of supporting framework. If you are growing more than one tree, in an orchard for example, you will need to space the trees according to their eventual size, which is dependent on the root stock. Trees on dwarfing root stocks can be planted five feet apart, while trees on vigorous root stocks should be up to 25 feet apart.

Pruning Free Standing Trees

Despite a popular belief that apple and pear trees are difficult and time consuming to keep in shape, if you buy trees that have been well trained, they will require the minimum care. Pruning is best carried out in mid to late winter. First, cut out dead or diseased stems and any new shoots that are crossing or touching. Also cut out any very upright growing shoots. Then shorten about half of the remaining new growth to maintain a well balanced overall shape. Every few years you may have to remove one or two larger branches so as to maintain the balanced shape and keep the tree from becoming congested in the center.

Training And Pruning Fans

Fan trained trees have up to ten equally spaced ribs radiating from the main stem. It is a good way of training fruit trees because the fan produces a large number of fruit bearing stems. After planting, cut back the main stem to just above the first bud which should be about two inches above the bottom wire. Tie in two bamboo canes to the supporting wires either side of the tree at angles of 45 degrees. The following summer select two side shoots and tie them into the canes as they grow.

Supporting Fruit Trees

If you do not have a sturdy wall or fence to grow the tree against, make a free standing support from fence posts high enough for the form you are training. Space the posts six feet apart and set them in concrete, with the end posts braced with an angled strut, also set in concrete. You need to string heavy duty fencing wire horizontally between the posts, using screw in, galvanized vine eyes and tensioning bolts at either end. The first wire should be twelve inches above the soil, with subsequent wires 18 inches apart.

What Is Bonsai?

The Japanese adopted bonsai from the Chinese where it first appeared almost two thousand years ago, as pun-sai. The literal meaning of the word bonsai is tree-in-a-pot.

Gardening Gifts – Ideas For The Holidays

Any gardening gifts would be appreciated by your friend who is a garden enthusiast because these will be useful for their passion. But of course, we want to give the best for the people we love and care for that is why we search for something special. The above-mentioned gardening gifts are very useful not only for their garden but also for their home.

A Basic Overview of Hydroponics and LED Lighting

A popular modern day hub around professional planting is called hydroponics. This is a technique of growing with no soil simply using the nutrient solutions found in h2o or natural as well as the utilization of gardening illumination. Cultivating plants using the method of photosynthesis encourages plant growth as well as endurance.

Santolina Herb For Dry Gardens Repels Insects

Santolina is the name given to several perennial flowering plants in the aster family. The genus Santolina has several members, two of which are popular with gardeners. The Santolinas are generally referred to as ‘cotton lavender’ or ‘lavender cotton’ because of the wispy or cottony appearance of the foliage, which may also have a silvery look that reminds one of lavender plants.

Bark – Organic Gardening

Bark is great for domestic gardens. Bark is also great for landscapers. Equally, it is great for organic gardening.

Turnips for Your Home Vegetable Garden

Whether you grow them for their greens or the root they are best when harvested in cooler temperatures. You can plant turnips in the midsummer time and have them ready in the autumn months. Turnips also make for a great spring crop in your home vegetable garden.

Bark – To Bark Or Not To Bark

Bark is a superb addition to a garden. It has ornamental, drought and frost protection and water retention properties. But, best of all, it save a lot of time and effort in the garden.

Paphiopedilum Orchids

Paphiopedilum orchids constitute a noteworthy orchid species. In this article, I discuss several features of paphiopedilums along with some useful tips on how to grow this remarkable orchid plant at home.

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