Planting and Growing

Information on planting and growing home gardens, including choosing plants, hydroponic towers, container gardening, soil testing, pruning, deadheading and care of holiday plants. Tips on home orchards, fruit gardens, native plants and herbs.

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The Home Fruit Garden - Getting Started
The Home Fruit Garden - Getting Started - Articles Articles
Home fruit gardening offers many benefits—exercise, enjoyment, a supply of delicious fruits, enhancement of the home landscape, and a truly educational experience. More
Home Orchards: Table 4.2. Non-Scab Resistant Apple Varieties
Home Orchards: Table 4.2. Non-Scab Resistant Apple Varieties - Articles Articles
Informational table showing apple varieties that are non-resistant to apple scab but recommended for home planting in Pennsylvania. More
Home Orchards: Table 4.3 Apple and Pear Tree Spacings on Various Rootstocks
Home Orchards: Table 4.3 Apple and Pear Tree Spacings on Various Rootstocks - Articles Articles
Informational table showing apple and pear tree spacings and probable yields on various rootstocks. More
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 1.2. Monthly Maintenance
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 1.2. Monthly Maintenance - Articles Articles
Your schedule may vary from the one below by as much as 2 weeks (earlier or later) depending on the region of Pennsylvania in which you are located. More
Building and Operating a Home Garden Irrigation System
Building and Operating a Home Garden Irrigation System - Articles Articles

Building and Operating a Home Garden Irrigation System

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

Have you ever wondered how commercial fruit and vegetable growers can consistently get such huge quantities of great produce even in dry years? More
Home Orchards: Watering Fruit Trees in the First Year
Home Orchards: Watering Fruit Trees in the First Year - Articles Articles
Watering the young tree in late June might be desirable, depending on the rainfall up to that time. More
Standard Apple Varieties for Home Fruit Plantings
Standard Apple Varieties for Home Fruit Plantings - Articles Articles
Traditional apple varieties also can be grown in the home orchard. More
Spring Fruit Tree Planting Tips for the Home Garden
Spring Fruit Tree Planting Tips for the Home Garden - Articles Articles
The following suggestions will help you to successfully plant fruit trees. More
Ko Ko Maung, Bugwood.org
Soil Fertility and pH in Home Fruit Plantings - Articles Articles
Soil provides support for the plant and is also the storehouse for plant nutrients, water, and oxygen for root growth. More
Scab-resistant Apple Varieties for Home Orchards
Scab-resistant Apple Varieties for Home Orchards - Articles Articles
Scab-resistant apple varieties are ideal selections for home fruit production. More
Pruning Apples and Pears in Home Fruit Plantings
Pruning Apples and Pears in Home Fruit Plantings - Articles Articles
Generally, fruit trees are pruned to develop a desired tree shape, to improve fruit quality, and to improve air circulation within the tree, which will reduce the potential for disease. More
Apples and Pears (Pome Fruit) in the Home Fruit Planting
Apples and Pears (Pome Fruit) in the Home Fruit Planting - Articles Articles
Apples and pears, botanically referred to as pomes, are excellent candidates for the home garden, as long as you are committed to the attention to detail and pest management they require. More
Two-piece apples or pear tree with Circle around the bud union
Planting Pome Fruit in Home Fruit Plantings - Articles Articles
The soil should be prepared thoroughly by deep cultivation either by hand or with a rototiller before planting. More
Stone fruit trees produce vegetative buds and flower buds.
Planting and Growing Stone Fruit in Home Plantings - Articles Articles
Conduct a soil test, and lime and fertilize a 10-by-10-foot area where each tree will be planted. More
Plant Quality in Home Fruit Plantings
Plant Quality in Home Fruit Plantings - Articles Articles
Purchase well-grown, heavily rooted, one-year-old plants of all fruits except blueberries and brambles. Two-year-old blueberry plants are recommended. More
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