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Food Gardening Magazine • August 2023

August! If your favorite thing about gardening is enjoying the harvest, this month is simply spectacular! Almost anything you could ask for is in season. I took a ride last weekend and every farm stand I passed was bursting with squash, eggplants, cucumbers, tomatoes, chard, peppers, corn, okra, and more. It wasn't just vegetables, though.…  READ MORE right arrow
Bill Dugan

Food Gardening with Amanda

Flowering fruit trees have an enchanting beauty that captivates nature enthusiasts and admirers alike. Whether you possess an expert's knowledge of these magnificent trees or simply revel in their aesthetic appeal, it's worth taking a moment to celebrate and appreciate their splendor. As we delve into the realm of flowering fruit trees, let's explore a…  READ MORE right arrow
I'll tell you a secret: The only way you're going to learn how to plant a bare root apple tree is by ... planting a bare root apple tree. Because until you have the fragile bare roots in your hand and have dug the hole in your unique soil, you're probably going to imagine that planting your tree will be similar to planting a two-gallon bucket apple tree, and it's quite different.   READ MORE right arrow
  If you have peach trees, you probably have an excess all at one time every year! I've finally figured out what to do with all of them: make Peach Schnapps! All you need is some fresh peaches, lemon, sugar, vodka, and a little bit of time, and you're good to go with this homemade…  READ MORE right arrow
cloning fruit trees
howling-red Unleashing the magic of fruit tree cloning—a time-honored horticulture practice In the realm of cloning, many of us might conjure images of Dolly the sheep or science fiction scenarios like the TV series "Battlestar Gallactica." However, cloning doesn't necessarily mean a journey into the realms of biotech complexity or sci-fi thrillers. In the field…  READ MORE right arrow
This article was originally published in our sister publication, GreenPrints Magazine, under the title, “Sentiment and Fruit Trees.” It was written by Michael Filas and was published originally in 2018, in GreenPrints Issue No. 112. I thought it was a perfect fit for our issue on fruit trees, and I hope you enjoy it! Yesterday I chopped…  READ MORE right arrow

Gardening Guide Close-Ups

Is there anything more wonderful than snapping a sun-warmed peach from the tree and sinking your teeth into that soft, juicy, sweet fruit? Peaches are one of nature's greatest gifts, rich with flavor, soft to the touch, and stunning in their beauty. The only thing better than having a peach tree in your garden is…  READ MORE right arrow
How big do lemon trees get? If you read that subheading, you might wonder why there are "answers" rather than just one answer. Simply put, there are a variety of lemon trees. Some of the tallest, like the Ponderosa lemon tree, may reach 30 feet tall. Others like to spread out. For example, the Eureka…  READ MORE right arrow
Most people think of growing watermelons in a big open field because traditional watermelons are pretty giant and vine just like squash, so they need room to spread out and grow. But growing watermelon in raised beds is not only possible, it's encouraged for some varietals and in cooler growing zones. Melons are hard to…  READ MORE right arrow

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