Friday, April 9, 2010

Easy Fruits for Home Gardens!

Thinking of trying your hand at home fruit production? Your chances of success have a lot to do with which fruits you try to grow. Tree fruits, such as apples, pears, peaches, and plums are often difficult to cultivate in our area because of the many pest problems that plague them. Most berry producing fruits though thrive in local gardens and require less care than tree fruits. Among the easiest to grow are blackberries, blueberries, and muscadine grapes, all of which can easily be grown organically in most backyards. While not technically a berry, figs are also easy to grow in home gardens, have very few pest problems, and are usually very productive. When planting any type of fruits, be sure to choose varieties recommended for our area and plant them in a sunny area with well drained soil. Find out more:

Learn more about growing fruits in SE NC at the Home Fruit Gardening class, April 17, 1:30 - 3pm, held at the Pender County Cooperative Extension Center in Burgaw! This class is free but registration is required by April 15 - call 910-259-1235 to register.

Pender County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your lawn, garden and landscape questions during their annual spring plant sale, April 16 & 17, at the Pender County Cooperative Extension Center, located at 801 S. Walker St. in Burgaw. The plant sale will feature a wide range of tough plants that thrive in Pender County conditions, including blueberries, blackberries, grapes, and figs! Find out more:

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