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Our Garden Blog

Buying Fruit Trees

My wife and I love fresh fruit (who doesn't?). That's why we decided to start our own little orchard this year. I hope that this article (and following articles) will be helpful to you as I share what we did to get our orchard started.

Just like any kind of gardening, growing fruit trees has it's challenges. Attention to detail before purchasing your trees and all throughout the life of your tree is very important. There are simple steps that don't require a ton of effort that will help set you up for a much better chance of success. Below are the things we took into consideration before buying our trees. We will also be writing future articles on planting the trees, caring for the young trees in the first year, pruning, etc.

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Winter Planting

Many people think of planting their gardens as a spring activity. However, February (even January) is a great time to start planting! Cool-season crops like spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and peas do not do well in high temperatures. They prefer temperatures from 35-75 degrees. In fact spinach can survive frost and temperatures as low as 15ºF.

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Getting the Garden Ready for Planting

February is a great time to get your garden tilled (in Upstate SC). You will of course need to pay attention to the weather and rain conditions (see bottom of article). At this time you can also start planting things like califlower, brocolli, and spinach. I am especially excited since my wife and I just moved, so we are going to be trying out our garden in a new location this year. We are hoping for the best!

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How to build a raised bed garden

Raised bed gardening has many advantages:

  1. They provide more efficient draining reducing the risk of water pooling in your soil and rotting your roots.
  2. It is easier on your back and knees. Being higher off the ground you don't have to bend over as far to reach your plants. As long as you don't make your bed too wide you should be able to reach to the middle while sitting on the side edges.
  3. The soil will also warm up earlier in a raised bed allowing you to extend your growing season.
  4. Less risk of soil compaction. With your beds a maximum of 4ft wide, you've eliminated the need to walk around in your bed leaving the soil loose.
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