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Fruit tree sales are brisk

fruit tree prunned low for ease of care

Ed Livo, our fruit tree sales rep standing by a fruit tree prunned low for ease of care. See how much easier it would be to pick the fruit and care for a tree that is kept small like this one.

I am excited about the bare root fruit tree sales . People seem to be responding to events around them   by taking back control in areas of their lives. Growing you own fruit can be such a rewarding project on so many levels. I think there are two reasons people are more interested in growing there own fruit this year. The first is safety. People are concerned about what goes on their food, and whether it will be bad for their health. Growing their own fruit they will know exactly what has been applied to the fruit trees. Want to go organic? Your choice.

The second reason is flavor. I am always pointing out the white fleshed nectarines to folks. Some say they don’t want buy nectarines since they never taste good. I think they feel this way since the only nectarines they have tried are the hard as rock ones in the store. Fresh picked nectarines are fantastically flavored, even better than peaches. So flavor is something that compels one to start a fruit garden.

There are other reasons to grow your own fruit. A chance to show your children where food comes from, and the work involved in bringing food to the table. There is also the desire by some to only buy food grown or sourced locally. Locavore is a term used to describe someone who only sources their food within a 100 mile radius. It’s a growing movement, and nothing is more local than your own backyard.

Here is a great resource for the home fruit gardener. Dave Wilson Nursery supplies our bare root fruit trees and they have a great web page that talks all about Backyard Orchard Culture. This is a technique that was developed exclusively for the home fruit tree gardener.  It utilizes semi-dwarf trees which stay smaller and makes them easier to prune and care for. It also utilizes summer pruning in addition to the dormant pruning we do in winter. It’s also about “successive ripening” which means less volume of fruit, but a more continuous supply of smaller amounts of fruit. Much better for a family.

Fruit tree sales are brisk, and I think we will sell out earlier than we have before. If you are interested in getting some fruit trees this year I would try and get into the nursery the next week or two for the best selection. Make this the year you finally start that fruit garden.

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A new blog

This is the second blog for The Golden Gecko Garden Center. Our first blog “The Blogging Nurseryman” has become my way to address issues in the nursery business as well as other odds and ends I want to talk about. That being said we felt that we needed a new blog to discuss with you our reader our ideas about gardens and gardening in northern California. This will be that space. No discussions about the nursery industry here.

To get started lets discuss what I believe is one of the most important practices for planting in the summer in hot climate conditions. Mulching. The placement of bark or other top dressing around the base of the plants for water conservation. Make no doubt, if you plant in the summer, in the full sun a 2 to 3 inch layer of bark or compost will make the difference between life and death for the plants.

A newly planted shrub or tree has been watered on a daily basis at the nursery. When you plant the top of the rootball is at the soil level. When the sun shines down it will dry the top layer of soil out before you can get water to it. Small roots die and the plant goes into stress. The mulch acts as a insulator or “sunblock” for the ground. The sun hits the mulch, and doesn’t dry out the rootball.

I like to add fresh mulch every year to compensate for decomposition and loss. keep the mulch away from the trunk of the plant by a few inches. From there extend the mulch out beyond the outermost branches (dripline).

Here is short video we made on mulching. Enjoy.

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