Fruit Gardening Articles

Nothing tops a perfect piece of fruit!  Learn what fruits grow well, how to grow them, and even what wonderful things you can make with your fruit with the RVG fruit gardening articles and resources.

Strawberries are way better fresh. It's pretty much an indisputable fact, unless you prefer tart, mealy or tough berries. And we all know the freshest food is grown in your back yard. (Or front yard.) Strawberries lend themselves very nicely to home gardens or even container gardens.

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Like everything else that bears fruit, strawberries like fertile, well-drained soil in a full-sun location. Plenty of broken down compost and organic matter in the soil is important (which promotes good drainage in addition to providing nutrients for the plants to grow). They shouldn't share soil with members of the Nightshade (solanaceae) family due to their susceptibility to the same pests and diseases.

You've come to the wrong time of year if you've got the itch to grow some fresh fruit in the late fall. But if you're willing to channel your taste for fresh fruit into working on your garden, you'll be in perfect shape to start picking sooner rather than later. Here are a few things you can do this time of year to be ready to live your fruit-growing dreams next growing season.

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If you're plotting to put in berries next year, it's a good time to check for soil acidity. It's a little late this year to start acidifying for bare-root season in February, but you could still hustle and be ready to plant potted plant starts next spring if your soil is already fairly acidic. Add some broken-down leaf matter and the acidifying agent of your choice.

As summer gives way to fall, that harvest can turn into an avalanche of fruit. We've rounded up a few recipes to channel all that sweetness into the kitchen. Some of these can be frozen, so that summer flavor is just a "defrost" away, even in February.
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1. Apple-Cheddar Scones: The delicious three-way intersection of scone, apple and cheese. Beat that.