Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Fruit in the Garden: What Will You Plant?

There's a new poll on the sidebar. This one is about fruits you have planted or want to plant in your garden.

I've never planted a Bradford pear. While ornamental pears are showier in bloom and in the fall, they produce no useful fruit. We make pear preserves, pear sauce -- like applesauce, but tastier -- and poached pears with ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Strawberries make good groundcover, if you don't mind crawling around on the ground under the shrubbery trying to get to the fruits before the critters do.

A recipe for Fig and Walnut Loaf was posted on Vegetable Matter recently. She used dried figs -- I used preserved figs, drained, and it was tasty! Great for breakfast, toasted.

My blueberry bushes have not yet produced the way the neighbors' down the road do, yielding gallons and gallons of berries which they share. Blueberries require much the same care as azaleas, except blueberries prefer the sun, azaleas the shade.



Scuppernong Grapes.

What fruits are you growing? Are there some you plan to plant soon? I saw blueberry plants at the garden center this week. Other vines and trees are coming to a nursery near you.

31 comments:

  1. I have planted apples, pears, plums, and a cherry tree. I also have blueberries, elderberries, strawberries and currants. The most interesting thing about raising fruits has been caring for them without using chemicals - it's really hard. My neighbor has beautiful apple trees that he sprays weekly with Sevin, and he's let me know that I better not be creating a yard full of disease for him to deal with! I live in fear...

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  2. After checking off what we are growing in the poll, I realized we have more fruits than veggies. Some are perennial, or trees so once planted they require only maintenance. I am still waiting to eat a blueberry from our bushes, they were so small, dwarf Sunshine Blue. This might be the year, for there are fat buds on the plants. I am ready with the netting too. :-)

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  3. This was a post dear to my heart!

    I just placed an order for 2 peach, 2 plum and another apple tree. I already have three apple and maybe 4 pear trees. No fruit yet.

    My little plum tree had three fruit that I saw as I was mowing around it...ate them on the spot! Delicious.

    The pears are what we are most anxious for. DH loves them most of all.

    I just watered my three blueberries with leftover whey...we don't have acid soil in my area and so I will have to keep watch about amending it. I did harvest a couple of handfuls last year while they were still in their nursery pots.

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  4. We have espalier apples and pears, but the pears aren't bearing much. I'm afraid they've been victims of voles. We also have the traditional (in Germany) red currants and blackberries. This year I'm thinking of planting a small apricot tree, since a gardening website I like is offering one that doesn't exceed two meters in height ('Compacta Super Compact®'). Fun post with the poll!

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  5. I'm definitely wanting to plant blueberries and apples this year. I really need to get on the apples if I want to do bareroot trees.

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  6. I have a Meyer lemon tree on my garden wishlist. Lemons are a fruit I use often and I've heard through the grapevine that Meyer lemons are delicious. In the past, I lived on an old farm with an orchard of apple, pear, peach, and cherry trees. A concord grapevine and black berries rounded out the perennial fruits.

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  7. I have a lime tree in the house, and a plum tree in the front yard. You're inspiring me to plant more fruit - then maybe I can stop stealing Pomegranates from my neighbor's tree every fall!

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  8. We have apples, pears, cherries, sour cherries, quinces, one peach, plums, grapes (neighbors make vine out of it), strawberries, raspberries and I can’t remember the rest...
    Most of these fruit trees were planted long time ago. As part of a land is on a slope, they were planted to prevent erosion of soil. I was counting them once... I guess there are about 70 fruit trees... no one can eat that much fruit, but birds and bees help us on that.

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  9. Since we're not here for long, we didn't plant any fruit. However, we discovered delicious wild strawberries growing in a field that was going to be bulldozed and were permitted to rescue them and move them to the garden, and we have wild muscadines (southern wild grapes) growing all around us, beautiful plum-colored fruits with a taste similar to Concord grapes.

    We got lucky, I think. :)

    If I ever have a permanent slice of land, I'd like to plant blueberries, raspberries, and peaches. Figs wouldn't be bad, either, but I think you have to have a lot of room for such a massive tree.

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  10. Growing in containers things are a little different. I bought 3 blueberries last year, hoping against hope that we would get some of those succulent, sweet blues to devour in the late summer.Not a bloom on any of them, the silly things take up a good chunk of my patio. Valuable real estate, and they had better perform this year. Funny, I always have seen them bloom when they are sitting in the nursery, neglected, in one gallon pots. Maybe I am treating them too well.

    Jen

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  11. I love citrus of all kinds and blackberries. But, I do not have any plans to plant any - I do not have any room with all of the ornamentals in my garden. Thankfully, my mother has peach, plum, orange, lemon and grapefruit in her garden which she generously shares.

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  12. Apart from common fruits like apple (7), pears (3), peaches (2), cherries (3) and plums (3), I also have three quinces (Cydonia oblonga, not the flowering quince), and a medlar.

    I really love my quinces: in spring, they have beautiful blossoms that are larger than other fruit blossoms, and the large pear-shaped flowers make very tasty preserves.

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  13. We have blueberries,pears,strawberries,apple, peaches,oranges,grapefruits,kumquats,lemon,and now a raspberry.

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  14. Lovely post and I especially enjoyed reading the comments from your readers. It seems blueberries are a favorite with mixed results. I intend trying them this year. I would also love to espalier a fruit tree. I wish someone would do a how-to post on this.

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  15. What I love are fresh berries; but blueberries, strawberries and blackberries all grow wild here, and I consider the wild berries tastier (although smaller) than their cultivated cousins. Raspberries are another matter; the wild ones are kind of pathetic, and someday I would like to create a place for a few raspberry plants. -Jean

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  16. I have a pear tree in my garden, it has only been in a couple of years and produces a modest amount of fruit. This year I made poached pears in pink peppercorn sauce to have with meringue at Christmas. Unfortunately, the meringues did not work out so well so we had it with elderflower sorbet instead!.

    I would love to grow more fruit but my garden is not ideal!

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  17. No fruit in my forecast, but I love to visit the Farmers' Market.

    Cameron

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  18. The best fruit we have growing are the blueberry bushes. Last year we had so many that we couldn't pick them all. This year I'm going to be better about freezing them.
    We have and apple tree as well as 2 pear trees. Hoping to have fruit from all of them this summer.
    We've also got Currants and Huckleberries.

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  19. My fruit production has a tale of woe....the birds ate my blueberries and blackberries, the tidal flooding washed away my strawberries, the trees grew too tall --eliminating the sun that the melons needed, spider mites did my Meyer Lemon in............and I call myself a Master Gardener. haaahahaa
    I would love to give a fig and a dwarf pomegranate a try in our new place in SC....will wait to see the sun/shade once we get there.

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  20. Would love to grow figs though I don't think they could cope in my growing zone. Just discovered a BLUE honeysuckle over at Cold Climate and I think I'm going to give that one a try.

    PS: I enjoy your polls. I clicked off 6 types of fruit trees/plants on this latest one. :)

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  21. Hi NellJean - great topic for discussion! This will be the second full season for my three blueberry bushes. This past year we had 9 blueberries - and the birds got every one. Better luck this year I hope. I'm also thinking about lemons in a pot. Sounds fun. Thanks for checking out my blog - it's great to meet some new friends who are as crazy about their gardens as I am. Kelly

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  22. We have wild Blueberry bushes here -- both the fall color and fruit are wonderful. We've had our dwarf apple trees for 10 years, and of course strawberries. Their leaves are bright red currently.

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  23. NellJean, we have apple, pear, plum and fig trees; plus strawberries, rhubarb, marionberries, and wild blackberries; there is a blueberry farmer just down the road, and a peach orchard a little further, so we let them do the work and we pick when it's time and load up the freezer. :) I would love to grow a Meyer's lemon - still debating myself on that one. ;)

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  24. I planted blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries last year. I can't wait to see the results. My garden fairy picks them and eats them fresh. I just have to be sure to catch her and check for bugs first.

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  25. I am hoping that my fig trees can survive the killer winter and produce fruit this year! But even if not...the leaves are gorgeous! gail

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  26. I'm very excited about the fruit this year. I have second year strawberries and rhubarb. I have a dwarf blueberry still alive, but I'm going to move away from that dwarf b.s. and get some full taller blues. did lots of research on the perfect large sweetest fruits. I'm going to fit these into the landscape. I also ahve an order in for yellow and red raspberries and lingonberries. Hope it's a fruitful season! (such a lame joke)

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  27. Not a big fan of fruit, surprisingly. Still I am planting pumpkin this year, and I have thought about a fig tree. I do have a pomegranate that doesn't bear fruit very often. Keep it around for sentimental reasons.

    And tomatoes, of course.

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  28. What wonderful responses you've all left! We're all fond of fruit, even those of us who buy it locally rather than growing.

    Susan, I must have been expecting you when I added pumpkins. I have flowering pomegranates, but not the fruiting kind. I wish I had currants -- we had a currant bush when I was a child. We put currants in mincemeat, which is rarely seen any more, either.

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  29. I picked 'fig' in your poll. I have actually never eaten one in my life, but I hear they're delicious :D I love the looks of the tree, very cool.

    I want to plant cherry trees as well, not only for the beautiful spring flowers, but for the pretty bark.

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  30. hello nell, i've just planted some pineapples, avocadoes, tangerines, cherimoyas, figs, atemoyas, papayas, guavas, mangoes...does anyone want to do a fruit trade when they are ready?

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  31. I had today's post about our fruit trees ready before I saw this one. 'S wonderful to pick ripe figs from the trees!

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I look forward to comments and questions and lively discussion of gardening and related ideas.



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