Planting certain fruits during the winter results in a home-grown, pesticide-free bounty during warmer months.
If you’re a true “green thumb” the winter months may be a tough time for you. This is especially the case if you live in a deciduous climate such as the northeast region of the United States. It’s tough to see your beautiful summer garden suffocate under piles of fallen leaves. An even worse fate is the inches or maybe even feet of snow.
If you are looking for a way to keep your garden alive for all 12 months then consider planting certain fruits in the winter. Sunset Home Gardening Experts advise you to plant peaches, grapes, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, and apples during the cold weather months because these plants produce a pesticide-free bounty during warmer periods. When these same plants are raised conventionally they tend to be the most pesticide laden.
Thought you had to switch your focus to something other than gardening now that it’s December? — No way! Fall is the perfect time to plant bare-root stock of these trees and bushes. If you put them in the ground during the Fall then the strawberries will be ready for the spring. Everything else will start producing in one to three years.
More Tips on planting for each of these types of trees and bushes:
To avoid peach leaf curl (a fungal disease that affects wet leaves) in damp climates, plant trees against a south facing wall under an eave; also be sure to prune the plants into a fan shape.
In terms of the grape plants that you choose, stick with American varieties grown on their own roots to avoid the mildew and root louse problems common to European grapes.
Birds prefer red, sweet cherries, so select a yellow-fruited variety if they tend to eat your crops, or be prepared to cover the trees with netting.
Apple Maggots and Codling Moth damage fruit, but you can control them organically with sticky traps and Spinosad.
A general rule: Plants that get full sun, good air circulation, regular water, and organic fertilizer are least prone to insects and diseases. Winter is a natural time to spend less time maintaining the year round gardening plan for pest control.
We know you are looking forward to your personal harvest. In the meantime, you can buy dried varieties of some of these fruits here at Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit.
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