Food Gardening

Pumpkin – Growing Giants

10 Steps to a Giant Pumpkin – by Don Langevin Taken from http://www.thepumpkinmaster.com/ For many of us, fall means a bounty of pumpkins for pies and jack-o’-lanterns, along with a gathering in of the rest of the autumn harvest. But...

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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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Agricultural Heritage of Georgia

Georgia has always been a leader in agricultural production. We have a markedly varied climate, which allows for successful production of a wide range of fruits, nuts and vegetables. We have good transportation infrastructure, which permits shipping our produce easily...

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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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Apple

Malus cv. With the availability of dwarf trees, nearly any backyard can accommodate some of these fruit trees. Standard-sized Apple trees reach 30 feet or more tall with an equal width. Semi-dwarfs reach 15 to 20 feet and dwarfs grow...

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Watermelon

Citrullus linatusSummertime celebrations would be incomplete without watermelons. Children of all ages love the sweet, juicy fruit of these hot-weather African natives. As is the case with other summer melons, watermelons need a long, hot season to develop. • More...

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Strawberry

Fragaria cv. Growing your own Strawberries means that you can have the makings for a tasty treat, especially with short cake and ice cream, on a hot summer evening. • More detailed information can be found in The Georgia Fruit...

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Peach

Prunus persicaPeach trees are challenging to grow in the Southeast, even though Georgia is known as the Peach State and the Carolina’s produce huge numbers of the fruits each year. They are susceptible to several damaging disease and insect pests....

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Plum

Prunus cv. Plums can be grown throughout the Southeast and are an excellent addition to the backyard grower’s orchard. The three major classifications of Plums are European, Oriental and Native American. • More detailed information can be found in The...

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Raspberry

Rubus cv. Fresh Raspberries are nearly impossible to find in grocery stores because they deteriorate quickly after picking and do not ship well. Growing a few in your backyard is the best way to enjoy these delicious fruits. • More...

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Banana

Musa spp. Even though it is considered a tropical plant, you too can grow a Banana tree. Harvesting fruit, though, is possible only in coastal areas. The trunk is not a true stem but only a cluster of leaf stalk...

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Kiwifruit

Actinidia spp.What a difference a name makes! Chinese Gooseberry is not a fruit name that invites tasting but when American importers renamed it “Kiwifruit”in the 1960′s the brown, fuzzy fruit gradually became known in grocery stores across the South. •...

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Mulberry

Morus albaMulberries are large, fast-growing trees that are good fruit producers for humans and wildlife. The fruit resembles a slender Blackberry and wild Mulberries have a mild (some would say insipid) flavor. • Much more information can be found in...

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