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Book review: Pawpaw by Andrew Moore

Pawpaw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit is a study of contrasts. Pawpaws (Asimina triloba) are a native North American fruit with an exotic, tropical taste and appearance; they have been eaten by Americans for millennia, and are a new, hot trend; they…

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Beautiful spring: guest post by Terri Valenti

There is nothing better than when the fruit trees bloom.  Not only is it beautiful but it is also visual evidence of the potential amount of fruit they will produce this year.  This is also the time for vigilant spraying…

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The pomegranate lives! Guest post by Terri Valenti

Ok – so I admit I like to try things.  When I heard there was a pomegranate called Angel Red that could survive to 0 degrees Fahrenheit, produces fruit early, and has soft seeds, I just had to try it.  …

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Fruit Tree Buds: Guest post by Terri Valenti

Terri Valenti heads the GIEI program for Montgomery County Master Gardeners, and grows a variety of edibles, including lots of fruit, in her home garden. She’ll be writing a series of posts on fruit care this year. Assuming your soil…

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Saying Farewell to An Old Friend

So the time has come to say goodbye to my strawberry patch of four years. Ahhh we had some good times together. It pained me to pull it up, but it wasn’t producing as much as it has in the…

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More snowy day citrus – Meyer lemon

I have had to deal with scale on calamondin oranges in the past. You are right, Erica, it is strangely satisfying!  This is my third season with this Meyer lemon. I put it out on the deck as soon as…

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Caring for citrus on a snowy day

I can’t honestly say that there’s nothing better than cleaning scale insects off a lime tree right next to a window with a view of snow, but it does make for a nice contrast. Recently I discovered that the lime…

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