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Growing Together, Issue #102
June 27, 2015

Apple Trees Creates Variety Of Fruit

Welcome to the June newsletter of Growing Together from Gardening with Herbee. Herbee and I hope you have had a happy and healthy June. We would like to welcome all of you back this month. We thought it might be neat to give a little information on the. Apple Tree

apple blossom

Many of us today think of autumn or fall and biting into a freshly picked apples. A tradition to some is taking the family or going with friends to the apple orchard and pick your own. There are many varieties and sizes you can plant in your own yard.

The apple trees need full sun, but can take partial shade. The will do well in many different soil conditions. A word of caution, apple trees do not tolerate well damp and wet soil. A tip for successful growing, most varieties need some cool nights during the wintertime. The reason is so they will bloom properly in the spring and summer months. In warmer climates, this can be a problem with trees producing good healthy crops, and growing properly.

Most apple trees need cross pollination. There are a couple of varieties out that will self pollinate. To cross pollinate, you will need two cultivators that will bloom around the same time. Apple trees can get diseases and can be subject to insect infestation. Herbee and I recommend to research the varieties that will grow in your area, and have a plan in place to help protect the tree or trees from diseases and pests.

It is best to propagate by grafting and cutting an existing variety. If you are unfamiliar with this process, check with your local nursery, or cooperative Extension, or educational facility near by.

The apple tree provides you with beautiful blooms. There are four different groups of bloom times. The bloom time will of course depend on your location. The apple trees can grow in height anywhere from 14 to around 40 feet tall. There are dwarf trees also you can plant. The apple tree provides you with a great color, and most of all, delicious flavored apples. Great addition to your landscape or gardens.

Tip For The Month

Herbee, Tom, and I ran into a problem with our vegetable over the last week. We had blight attack our zucchini, and started to spread onto the tomatoes, and squash plants. Blight is common on tomatoes. We don't life using chemicals, so we used a combination of 100 percent vegetable oil, and baking soda. We did 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, to 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Mix with a gallon of water. Spray all over the plants. This will help stop the blight. You can prune off the leaves attacked by blight. If you don't know what blight is, blight causes brown spots to appear on both sides of the leaves . These brown spots will take over the look of the leaves. Hope this little tidbit helps if your plants get blight.

Thought For The Month

For many of you, it is warm weather and summertime. For others, you are in the thick of colder temperatures and the winter months. You can all still get out and enjoy doing the things you love best. Schedules and day to day routines sometimes doesn't allow us to enjoy that hike by a waterfall, swim in the ocean or sea, take a stroll along a quiet road, or walk and enjoy the hustle bustle of the city. Where ever you live, take the time in the next few weeks to enjoy yourself with your family or friends. Our lives are precious, and so is the beauty of nature. Herbee and I want to wish each of you a wonderful July, be safe and we hope you are healthy.

FYI - our grandson Isaiah turned 2 on June 7th. Our granddaughter will be 2 on July 14th. They are growing up way to fast, but such a wonderful blessing to all of our family. Look forward to being with each of you next month.

Herbee and Kimberly
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