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Growing Peaches

Growing Peaches

Growing peaches and how to do so. This article will tell you how to grow peaches and how to feed the trees along with pruning and maintenance of your peach tree or trees. I remember as kid being able to pick a peach and they would be so ripe and juicy that you would have juice running down your chin while you were eating the peach. I never see peaches that ripe anymore. The ones I find in the store are always hard and under ripe. I find the same with pears. Hard and under ripe. To me neither of these fruits should snap when you bite them, they should be soft and overflowing with juices. I suppose that since I live in the northern part of the mid west that these fruits are trucked in as

Growing Peaches
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I know peaches couldn’t last through our cold winters and I get that they can’t wait until they are totally ripe or that would lose too much produce to spoilage but  you don’t even know how much I miss these two fruits all ripe and juicy the way the used to be. If you live where the winter temps don’t go below minus 10 degrees you can plant peach trees and they should provide you with peaches for about ten years.  Since you know 10 years is about the limit you can plan ahead and plant more trees to mature at the end of the first trees production years. The Homestead Garden tells you how and where to plant to get good sun and keep the cold off and that you should paint the trunk white to prevent sun scald and when to feed the trees so that you can enjoy picking and eating totally ripe and juicy peaches in the summer time.

 

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Growing Hazelnuts or Filberts Nuts on a Homestead

If you have an interest in plants that also produce food, like fruit trees and bushes, then you’ll love this tutorial. Growing hazelnuts isn’t something that many people consider, but the bushes provide a beautifully landscape piece as well as producing a delicious nut. And, by following this guide, you’ll find that growing, harvesting, and…Continue Reading

How to Propagate Fig Trees for Free

How to Propagate Fig Trees for Free

This step by step tutorial of how to propagate fig trees for free can be a money saving way for a homesteader to establish their own orchard inexpensively. Any good potting soil, course sand or  pure Perlite will root the cuttings. Some gardeners root house plant cuttings in water, but a lot of trees and shrubs…Continue Reading

How to Shape Fruit Espalier Living Wall Trees

How to Shape Fruit Espalier Living Wall Trees

The British American colonies have made use of espalier lattice work, frame work and wall support systems for centuries. Used to define garden boundaries with ornamental or fruit bearing trees, they were also a focal point and form of art as well as practical. Espalier comes from the Italian spalliera which means something to rest…Continue Reading

The Ten Rules of Homestead Tree Planting

The Ten Rules of Homestead Tree Planting

These basic ten rules of homestead tree planting will help you grow healthy flourishing trees that can create an orchard, land boundary markers and wind breaks. The simple act of planting a tree increases your property value, creates cooling shade, life giving oxygen, home for wildlife animals and natural beauty. Different trees can also produce…Continue Reading