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Growing Apples

Apples are the perfect fat-free fruit for your diet and garden.  Plant just a couple trees or a small orchard so you can harvest an apple-a-day right from your own backyard.

You’ll need a sunny location and at least two plants when growing apples.  Like many fruit, apples need pollen from another tree to develop the fruit.  And if your neighbor or a nearby park has a crabapple or apple that blooms at the same time as yours, you can plant just one tree.

Select an apple with the desired flavor, adapted to your growing conditions, and the right size for the available space.  Use dwarf apple trees for small spaces, earlier production and easier picking.

Save even more space by espaliering apples flat against a wall, fence, or trellis.  With regular pruning you can create living art that adds flowers and fruit to your landscape. 

Or try growing a couple of apple trees in a planter.  This is the perfect solution for small space gardeners or those gardening on a balcony and deck.

A bit more information:  Those gardening in cold climates will need to use all-weather containers and protect the tree roots against cold temperature extremes.  Move trees into an unheated garage and water whenever the soil is thawed and dried.  Or move the tree to a protected spot in the landscape and insulate the roots with items such as bales of straw, bags of potting mix, or mulch.

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