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Growing Triploid Apple Trees

Most apple trees are diploids, which means they have two sets of chromosomes; however, there are a few apple varieties that are triploids – with three sets of chromosomes. These trees are [read more]

Jonagold Apple Tree

Tips for Growing Garlic

Garlic originated in central Asia dating back thousands of years. Humans have long since been enjoying garlic as a staple food ingredient as well as medicinal remedy with many uses [read more]

Garlic Late Italian via Shutterstock

Planting and Growing Shallots

Shallots: the “gourmet onion”. They’re like garlic dressed up as an onion with all the flavor of both worlds wrapped up in a humble little package. You may be familiar with shallots by the name [read more]

Dutch Yellow Shallots via Shutterstock

How to Grow Great Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are nutritious, starchy root vegetables. Sweet potato plants are in the same family as morning glories (Convolvulaceae), and are only distantly related to potatoes. Since they are not in the nightshade family (Solanaceae) with potatoes, sweet potatoes are a dietary alternative for people who are [read more]

Different Varieties of Sweet Potato

Pruning Fruit Trees: Central Leader

There are different pruning and training structures for different types of fruit trees. The central leader, or main leader, structure is [read more]

Central Leader

Pruning Fruit Trees: Open Center

Different types of fruit trees benefit from pruning and training to the structures that suit them. Open center pruning is recommended for [read more]

Peach Tree Pruned to Open Center

Pineberry Questions and Answers

Pineberries are relatively new to the fruit scene, but they are becoming increasingly popular in Europe and North America – especially in farmer’s markets and specialty food stores. These plants are [read more]

Wonderful Pineberry™ Strawberry

Recycle Your Christmas Trees into the Landscape

[Guest Post by Melinda Myers, horticulturist and gardening expert]

Don’t drag that Christmas tree to the curb to be hauled away by the trash collectors. Give it [read more]

Christmas Tree Branches Mulch

Fruit Tree Care: Spraying Dormant Oil

When it comes to encouraging a healthy and productive fruit tree, there are two big things you can do to help. One is to [read more]

Dormant Oil and Applicator

Winter Protection for Fruit Trees

Winter can seem like a tough time of year for fruit trees, with its bitter-cold, freezing, and sub-zero temperatures [read more]

Ice on Crabapple Tree Dormant Bud