April Gardening

Things will be heating up soon enough, so enjoy the cool mornings and breezy evenings while they last! There’s no shortage of things to do in the garden this month, but don’t let it overwhelm you. Many of this month’s chores revolve around completing winter clean-up and preparing for the summer. Some plants need a dose of fertilizer to keep them growing strong, insect populations need to be monitored, and watering schedules should be evaluated to make sure your plants are getting enough water as the temperatures continue to rise.

Gettin’ Figgy With It

Fig Tree My husband and I just bought our first home, and as you might have guessed, I’m extremely anxious to begin planning and planting my very own garden. There are many things to do before we’re ready to start putting plants in the ground, but I’ve already decided what I’d like to plant first; definitely a fig tree.

Apple Picking 101

 

This morning, while touring around our growing farm in search of photo opportunities, I was delighted to find some ripe fruit on our early-season apple varieties. After picking and tasting a few of the larger apples from one of our 15 gallon trees, I was bitterly reminded that fruit size isn’t the best way to judge which apples are ripe.

Apples won’t continue to ripen (or grow) after they’ve been picked from the tree, but ripe apples can get sweeter as starches are broken down into sugars during storage. Harvesting your apples at just the right time will ensure a tasty crop that can be effectively stored for later use. With some apples already ripening on the trees, and much of the harvest season still ahead of us, I thought it might be a good time to share some tips on how to tell when your apples are prime for picking.