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Thursday, May 13th, 2010
6:40 pm
I want a beehive. My garden flowers and flowering fruit trees need a better sex life and I'd like to experiment with hive management. I think. I cannot even begin to commit to this project because of severe time and knowledge limitations and have been pestering my wild-organic garden co-conspirator (next door neighbor) to install a hive in the far corner of his garden this whole year. He almost did it, but is chickening out now.

Anyone out there happen to have real-life experience with hives? They are legal now in New York City and there are folks installing them on rooftops in many neighborhoods. My rooftop gets too much wind for that (I'm a couple of blocks from the East River) but my backyard has a few possible hive spots.

Insight, oh gardening gurus?

Friday, August 17th, 2007
11:42 pm
What kind of plums are these
And what can I do with them? These plums have orange (like an apricot) flesh. They have a kind of sour after taste. I'm thinking these may be prune plums.

I hope someone can tell me the name of these plums.

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
12:14 pm
Tucking my fig trees under their canvas and bubble wrap for the winter always makes me want to slumber also. Blessed season of rest, oh keepers of the trees.
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
1:22 pm
Hey I am going to ask for some plant identification help. I will post some pictures once I have them but for right now I will give a description and if you can throw idea out I would appreciate it.

Ok It is a small tree about 15' tall. I have never noticed them any larger than that. It has a smooth bark with a little grey in its coloration and sometimes dark streaks. The flower is small and pink. It bears fruit that are dark red when they ripen and fall. The fruit looks like little cherries but smaller, 1/2 inch in diameter or so. When you break one open and smell it it smells lightly of Muscadine grapes but it is a tree.

Ok I will post pictures later if I can.

Thanks in advance for any help!
Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
12:09 am
Plum Tree "Sucker"- Can I grow it?
I've got a "sucker" at the root of my Santa Rosa Plum. Is there a way to transplant the sucker cutting and grow it into another tree? I know you're supposed to prune it off there...

I also just started 5 lemon seeds. I am going to see if I can get them to grow. Covered them with vented plastic in a small pot to start. I know they can be grown indoors and taken outside in the summer. I read it takes up to 10 years to see if it will get fruit on it!

Current Mood: curious
Friday, June 9th, 2006
12:17 am
We planted a Santa Rosa Plum tree this past weekend. I have NO experience with fruit trees other than my grandmothers old apple trees years ago. Do we need to prune it at all this year in the fall? I know nothing, so any advice you can offer in order to get some fruit from it is appreciated! Thanks!

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, April 16th, 2006
4:26 pm
I'd like to grow a plum tree in the Dominican Republic. Would one grow in that climate? How would I go about planting one?

Thank you in advance for your help.
Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
10:43 am
New to this community---hi!
What is the best way to prune out an over-abundance of flowers on my dwarf peach tree so the surviving flowers have room enough to grow peaches of substance?

Last year I didn't, trusting nature to take care of things, and lost the majority of the baby peaches. Thinking this year I'll prune and see if that works better.


Cross-posted in organic_garden
Wednesday, October 26th, 2005
3:34 pm
How do I overwinter raspberries?
Hi y'all, I have 5 raspberry bushes that I just planted this year. Right now the branches are laying on the ground. We are expecitng frost tonight, and I am concerned whether I should stake them up, or cut the brunches off, or what, so that they overwinter without being killed. I am in West GA. It was just below freezing here last night. Thanks in advance for any info. Marina
Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
3:19 pm
X-Posted Fruit tree question
Hi everybody.
Nothing like jumping into a new community and asking for help from the nice people there. I did not even know this community existed untill I posted this question somewhere else!

I am planning on planting fruit trees when ever I manage to buy some land. Hopefully soon, I am looking at a home with 1.25 acres. I have been thinking that either dwarf or grafted trees would be nice. I think they would be nice not because I am foolish enough to think that they will have the highest quality fruit but because more lazy things. Things like quantity of each kind of fruit, labor of picking it, and time of ripeness of fruit.

I have although heard that the dwarf and grafted fruit trees tend to either do very poorly (very little fruit) or outright die.

So the question is does anyone have any experience with these types of trees? What is your thoughts on them? I am open to any input on this subject. I am in the research stage not the purchase stage.
Thanks for all the help!

I am in Atlanta, Ga (a little North of it) in Zone 7 if it helps any.
Sunday, July 10th, 2005
9:07 pm
My lemon tree******
Hello, I'm new to this community.
Here is my lemon tree. The year after I planted the tree, I harvested only two lemons.
The next year, I got four.

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Then this year......Wow!
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Monday, April 18th, 2005
11:42 pm
Hello! I'm glad I found this community.

In Tennessee, my grandmother has a very old mulberry tree in her yard which produces tons and tons of the yummiest black mulberries. I really want to grow one of my own, but I'm not sure how to go about it. Is it possible to grow a mulberry tree straight from the berry? And how should I go about growing it?

I am in Atlanta, in zone 7. There are a handful of VERY fast-growing mulberry trees in the shady backyard, but they produce little to no fruit. (Perhaps they would produce fruit if they were in the sunny front yard?) I'm not certain what variety they are, but I am hopeful that their success would mean well for my grandmother's mulberry variety, were I to succeed in growing it here.

I know this isn't exactly a fruit tree question, but I would also love to grow blueberries; however, I don't know the first thing about them. I understand that it is helpful to grow two different varieties that bloom at the same time, for cross-pollination, but I don't know what times any of them bloom. I also don't know which types are most hardy, especially in an area subject to droughts.

Any suggestions would be wonderful!
Sunday, March 27th, 2005
12:29 pm
Does anyone Know the care for Pomegranates? I bought a 'Wonderful' (ordered 'Sweet' but they were out-of-stock< G >)this Spring and wonder how to properly take care of it. Does it prefer Acid or Alkaline soil, HEavy or Light fertilizing,any particular Pests like it?
Inquiring mids and all that< G >....

Current Mood: frustrated
Friday, November 19th, 2004
9:56 am
more updates...

Here is my newly sprouted lemon tree (from a store lemon...)
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well erm that's kinda hard to see...it's there though it's very tiny :-)

and I planted my avacado seeds...well see if that was a smart move...
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Monday, November 15th, 2004
11:54 pm
It's getting down into the 50's and 40's here. Does anybody know when an orange tree should be brought in? or when it's dormant enough to bring in? Also should I put near a south facing window when I bring it in or more of a west/north/east facing window?

I'll reply to myself if I can find some answers to that (for posperity's sake and all)
11:41 pm
I finally finished my cold-frame. hehe. Now I can grow stuff all winter long (we'll see!) Here are some pictures
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my avacadosCollapse )

Crossposted to hoho19, growing_indoors and fruittrees
Tuesday, October 5th, 2004
8:10 pm
Do you know anything about banana trees?
2:19 pm
Satsuma Oranges
This is a journal to cronicle the growing of my little orange tree.

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