Growing Garden Fruit Trees
Growing fruit trees in the garden can provide ripe, fresh fruit for your family’s eating pleasure. These garden fruit trees are also a beautiful addition to the landscape. The best time for planting fruit trees often depends upon the climate of an area where the trees are to be planted. While young trees can be planted at any time the ground is not frozen, they are more likely to thrive when planted in cooler weather. Garden fruit trees should be planted in well-drained soil, and in an area where they will receive a minimum of six hours of natural sunlight during the growing season. Other factors to consider include root development, fruit tree care, and landscaping. Garden fruit trees can be planted at virtually any time of the year, though most find that young trees planted during cooler months seem to do better than those planted in warm weather. Many people choose to plant fruit trees a couple of months before the first frost.
Planting garden fruit trees before the warm season allows them to develop a stronger root system before heat and insects can attack them. The depth at which fruit trees are planted is important to ensure adequate root development. Dig a hole approximately 18 inches (approximately 46 cm) deep. Soil around the inside of the hole should be loosened, and compost should be placed in the bottom. The fruit tree should then be gently placed in the hole with the roots spread out evenly. Some feel that a square hole allows more room for young roots to grow.