Fruit Guide

Growing beautiful fruit trees and bushes is much easier if you note a few simple tips on what to do and what to avoid in your garden! From planting to pruning, check out this quick and handy fruit guide for your garden.

Avocado

Many gardening beginners don’t realize that there are a number of different types of avocados and each tree responds to certain climate and soil conditions. To ensure you grow healthy, delicious avocados in your garden, note the variety you prefer and then the best way to tend to that tree species in particular, including the best month for planting and how to protect the tree from frost and other damaging weather elements.

Blueberries

Blueberries thrive in acidic soil conditions, so be sure to check the pH of the soil in your yard before planting seeds or potted bushes. Add mulch over the roots or bed of the blueberry bush, to hold moisture in the soil and keep it from drying out. Blueberries also need deep water once the top of the soil is dry, so check it often and ensure you give your new berry bushes plenty of needed moisture!

Grapes

As with many other fruits there are also different varieties of grapes and each one needs its own particular climate. Some grape varieties thrive in a cooler environment while others grow best during long, warm summers. Choose the right grape variety for the weather in your area so you have the best results!

Olives

Some amateur gardeners don’t realize that black and green olives are not different species but have been picked at various intervals of ripeness! Green olives are not yet ripe while black olives are fully ripe. To ensure the best harvest for your olives, note the best time for picking and ensure you don’t allow them to over-ripen or become darker than desired.

Strawberries

Strawberries need full sun for them to thrive. They also need full drainage, so plant your strawberry bushes on a sloped hill or other area that avoids collecting moisture at the base of your plants. Check the soil conditions often and ensure it’s draining as needed.

Fruit Trees

Along with the best month for planting, ensure you check the right season for pruning fruit trees on your property. Note, too, that too much pruning might expose lower branches and the trunk of a fruit tree to an excessive amount of sunlight, whereas failing to prune fruit trees will result in too much shade for those lower limbs. Check a recommended pruning schedule and amount of pruning to perform every year for a particular fruit tree and your standard climate, to allow your fruit trees to thrive.