Food Gardening

Mayhaw

Crataegus spp. Mayhaws are closely related to Apple and Pear and have been used as dwarfing rootstocks for both. Mayhaw is native to the swamps and lowlands of the Southeast. • Much more information can be found in The Georgia...

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Muscadine – Sources

Possums, yellow jackets and adolescents are aficionados of a true Southern delicacy: muscadine grapes! The juicy fruits are available in grocery stores but they are best enjoyed picked right off the vine on a hot autumn afternoon. The muscadine grape...

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Blackberry

Rubus cv. Blackberries and raspberries are very similar. They are both brambles that grow on biennial canes emanating from perennial roots. The canes grow vigorously the first year, fruit the second year and then die. • More detailed information can...

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Grape, Bunch

Vitis cv. American and French hybrid bunch Grapes can be grown in most areas of the Southeast as long as varieties adapted to your area are chosen. They can be grown in the garden as ornamentals or just for the...

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Pawpaw

Asimina trilobaThe Pawpaw is a native American fruit found in Zones 6a to 8a. It grows as a small tree with a short trunk and spreading branches, forming a rounded crown. • More detailed information can be found in The...

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Meyer Lemon – History

Meyers Lemon By Sophia Markoulakis, San Francisco Chronicle Saturday, March 12, 2005 Growing up, I never knew the difference between a sweet Meyer lemon and an acidic Lisbon. Or a Eureka lemon. All I knew was that on weekends, I...

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Easy Apples

One of my favorite fall memories is hiding in the top of a big apple tree on my family’s farm and eating all I could pick. Up there I could spy on my brothers and avoid my father’s list of...

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Fig

Ficus carica Figs suffer from winter damage in some parts of the Southeast but their soft, luscious fruit is prized for preserves and fresh eating. With protection, Figs can be grown as far north as Zone 7a. Zones 8a and...

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Raspberry – Growing

I hate to brag …. but I did something last spring that has given me more pleasure this summer than just about anything else in my garden. I decided back then to grow raspberries … and to do it right....

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Pruning Fruits and Fruit Trees

I really like the concept of synthesis – – bringing several things together to make a product that’s more useful than its parts. Stephen Pettis, Extension Service agent in Gwinnett County, has done a good job. He synthesized the fruit...

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Fruits – Freeze Protection

When cold temepratures are predicted after a week of warm winter weather, peach and blueberry owners begin to worry about how to protect their fruit flowers and buds. Principles of Freeze Protection for Fruit Crops gives lots of advice…but it...

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Figs – Identifying

Identifying flowers is easy compared to identifying figs. There are hundreds of varieties grown around the world. Some are only capable of being grown in a certain part of the world. Ray Givan is a Georgia fig expert who has...

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Cherry

Prunus avium (Sweet Cherry); Prunus cerasus (Pie Cherry) Sweet Cherry is very difficult to grow in the Southeast. High summer humidity and temperature fluctuations in winter prevent fruiting in most years. • Much more information can be found in The...

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Quince

Cydonia oblongaSeveral types of Quinces are grown in the South. Before there were super-sour candies, schoolchildren dared each other to eat a slice of quince fruit. The Common Quince discussed here (Cydonia oblonga) forms a small tree. • More detailed...

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Persimmon

Diospyros spp.Persimmons can be grown throughout the Southeast. Opossums and humans enjoy the fruit each October. Fruit of the native Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) is about the size of a plum. Oriental Persimmons (Diospyros kaki) are larger and have less astringency...

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Pomegranate

Punica granatum Pomegranates grow as dense, bushy shrubs 6 to 12 feet tall with thorny, slender branches. Where winters are mild they may be trained into small, multi-trunked trees. • More detailed information can be found in The Georgia Fruit...

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Muscadine Grape

Vitis rotundifolia Muscadines are truly a fruit that puts the South in your mouth. They were discovered here by the early settlers and have been a favorite fruit of Southerners since. • More detailed information can be found in The...

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Fruit – Pollination Requirements

In order for a plant to produce fruit, the flowers must be pollinated. In general, insects and wind will take care of the mechanics of this for you. However, you must have flowers that provide the pollen in order for...

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