Fruits

Ray Givan’s Fig Page – Green and Yellow Fig Varieties

Several years ago I met fig expert Ray Givan and featured him on the “The Georgia Gardener” TV show. At that time he had a small website describing the figs he had grown. It was an invaluable resource to me....

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Ray’s Givan’s Fig Page – Dark Fig Varieties

Several years ago I met fig expert Ray Givan and featured him on the “The Georgia Gardener” TV show. At that time he had a small website describing the figs he had grown. It was an invaluable resource to me....

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Garden Success with Sweet Repeat Raspberry

I love getting garden success stories! Ernie F. Has a good one: I would like to share with you the success I’ve had in only one season with the Sweet Repeat raspberry, a new introduction from N.C.. I live in...

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Watermelon – Choosing a Ripe One

It’s terribly disappointing to cut into a watermelon and find that it is still mostly pink inside and has little sweetness to the meat.  But what do you look for when choosing one at the grocery? How can you pick...

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Blackberry – Cane Gall

Q: My wife noticed this on a blackberry. It looks like a fruit is growing from the cane. A: It’s a blackberry knot gall, caused when a tiny wasp inserts eggs on the blackberry cane. The wound causes the plant...

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Pear – Grafting Using Super Glue

Mike A writes: I met you recently and told you about my experiment of trying to graft Bartlett onto Keiffer pear trees with Super Glue. You asked me to let you know how it worked. Apparently it works very well!...

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Muscadine and Scuppernong – Pruning

A properly trained vine has a trunk, two arms and fruiting spurs. The first two years of training are devoted to developing the permanent trunk and fruiting arms. In the spring following planting, each plant will produce three or four...

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School Garden – Resources

If you’re a teacher or parent involved in setting up a school garden, you know there’s lots more to it than digging the dirt and planting some seeds. Do you have a good garden spot? When will you plant? What...

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UGA Fruit and Nut Publications

Following are good UGA fruit and nut publications: Citrus Fruit for Southern and Coastal Georgia Experiments and Observations on Growing Mayhaws as a Crop in South Georgia and North Florida Home Garden Apples Home Garden Blueberries Home Garden Bunch Grapes...

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Fruit – Pruning

Winter and early spring are the best time to prune fruiting plants, whether trees, vines or bushes. The purpose of pruning is to train a plant to its strongest form and to get the correct ratio of leaves to developing...

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Notes on Fire Blight Control from a Plant Pathologist

Notes on Fire Blight from Elizabeth L. Little, Assistant Professor – Homeowner IPM/Sustainable Agriculture, UGA The time to think about fireblight management using sprays is just before and during bloom, so late March may be too late for most trees....

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Pollination Requirement and Seeds in Citrus

(The source of this material is unknown. Please email if you can find it.) Seeds are produced in the plant kingdom, generally, as a result of pollination. Many of the commercial species in the citrus genus, are self-fertile, meaning that...

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New Banana for Georgia Beats Cold

Bananas breaking barriers in Georgia By April Reese Sorrow University of Georgia When most people think of bananas hanging on a tree, they picture tropical places. A University of Georgia researcher wants them to start associating Georgia with the popular...

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Fig – Pruning a Large One

Past years have produced bumper crops of figs for home gardeners. There were enough for birds, yellow jackets, kids and adults to share without dispute. Along with blueberries and raspberries, figs are almost carefree. The biggest problem that a fig...

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Fruit – For Coastal Counties

We all know that Atlanta is not suitable for growing oranges or pineapple. But there is more to the state than north Georgia. Some fruits are more likely to thrive on the coast than they are inland. David Linvill, county...

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Pear – Identifying

When you bite into a juicy pear, the thought may come to mind: “Why can’t I have a pear tree and grow lots of these tasty fruit?” The problem comes when you try to figure out what pear variety you...

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Citrus

Citrus spp. With selection of the more cold-hardy varieties, Citrus can be grown in the warmer spots of Zone 8a and in most areas of Zone 8b, particularly those near the coast. A hard freeze (20 F and lower) will...

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Blueberry

Vaccinium spp. Cultivated blueberry production in the South consists predominantly of the northern highbush blueberry and the rabbiteye blueberry, a native southern blueberry. • Much more information can be found in The Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves...

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