Did you ever stop to look at the fruits in the grocery store? Did you ever notice that a lot of them look next to perfect? Some of the migrant workers who grow America's fruit and vegetables. are people living densely in shanty like structures made of scrap metal and cinder block, surrounded by vast fields and long rows of greenhouses. Strangers in a strange land who didn't speak the language, hundreds of miles from home, they lived at the mercy of labor contractors who, they claimed, made false promises and paid rock-bottom wages. Like all Big Ag-dominated areas, the place had a feeling of desolation: all monocropped fields, mostly devoid of people, and lots of billboards hawking the products of agrichemical giants Monsanto and Syngenta.
Tom Philpott is the food and ag correspondent for Mother Jones and the author of The Horrifying Reason Why Your Fruit Is Umblemished hetalks about how your fruits make their way from the farm to your stores shelf.
Laborers are required to use hand sanitizer and keep their nails trimmed so that they don't damage the fruit.
Most fruit trees cannot tolerate frost or freezing conditions for very long before dropping their buds and fruit. If you are expecting a freeze, you can protect your fruit trees with minimal maintenance and a little ingenuity.
Wrap & Mulch & Cover's
- 1 Wrap your fruit tree's trunk with roofing paper, burlap or another insulating material.
- 2 Apply a thick layer (at least three inches) of organic mulch over your fruit tree's roots and base. Use shredded newspaper, pine bark, dried straw or pine needles to cover the ground around the tree and protect it from the cold. This will also help to keep the moisture in the soil and allow for maximum absorption of fertilizing nutrients.
- 3 Cover your young fruit tree with a clear plastic tarp if you are expecting a hard freeze. This will protect it from winter winds and allow sunlight to penetrate the covering. Be sure to remove the protective covering during daylight hours when the temperature rises above 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
- 4 Mix one lb. of Ivory Snow and 1/2 lb. of high-calcium lime into five gallons of warm water. Shake well.
- 5 Attach a sprayer to your garden hose, and spray your fruit tree from top to bottom with the solution, being sure to cover every part of the tree's leaves, branches and trunk with the mix. Shake the sprayer well to keep the mixture from clogging up the hose during the application.
- 6 Rinse the plastic-like solution off of the tree when temperatures rise above freezing. Re-apply as necessary throughout the coldest winter months.
Provide added warmth to fruit trees in winter by stringing Christmas lights throughout their branches or placing a 150 watt indoor/outdoor rated bulb in a socket at the base of the tree. Protect low-lying or fragile tree branches by tying them in a supportive fashion to the trunk of the tree with a loose knot. If you are concerned that fragile limbs may succumb to frost or heavy ice build-up, wrap the less stable limbs lightly in loose fabric or paper during cold spells. Be sure to remove the wrapping during daylight hours when the temperature is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Even though spring isn't here yet and won't be here for a while... after the holiday's there's only one thing on our minds.... THE GARDEN!! There are things that we can do in the meantime to get the garden ready for spring so that everything that we do plant will be healthy and happy.. It's called Prepping the Ground were going to teach you the basics of prepping the ground for the 2015 Spring so that your garden will be a success this year!
1. Set up your area where you will be keeping your compost.
You can purchase bags of compost from your local hardware store in the garden center. If you prefer you can even create your own compost by keeping your yard waste and food that you would initially though away. You would be saving a lot of money and your trees will be really happy & healthy !
2. Start saving money and making that wish list
Our biggest suggestions that we can give all of our clients is to save their money, make a wish list and as soon as it starts to get a little warm in your are place your orders because once you see on our site and it's gone.... IT'S GONE! Our turn around time for shipping is pretty fast and we ship world wide!
3. Order Your Fruit Tree's
This may in fact be your favorite part...browsing through our online catalog... checking out the new spring selections of mango's, lychee's, avocado's, and so forth...Order your beautiful hand selected fruit tree or try our new Pick Your Tree option where you can virtually hand select your own tree and have it delivered without ever having to leave your home!
4. Get your Garden Tools and Potting area ready!
Now all you have to do is go though your shed in the backyard or the garage and find all of the gardening tools and also your beautiful pot's so that you can even get some container fruit trees in there... Container fruit trees are great for keeping in the lanai or on your balcony. I mean seriously how many people can say that they have a mango tree growing in a container in their homes? Well you can be the first in your neighborhood!
We have over 40+ types of mango's to choose from one of our most asked about mango is the Choc Anon Mango Tree also known as the "Miracle Mango Tree" Why??? Let me explain
The Choc Anon Mango gets it's name from Thailand it has been said to the most best tasting mango. It got it's nickname "Miracle Mango" from producing 2 crops a year! That's right you heard me 2. It would produce one crop in the winter and one crop in the summer. If your a person that loves mango and would be happy having it all though the year this would make a great addition to your garden.
This variety of mango is considered to be a dwarf mango and can be kept in a container so you can keep this mango inside by the fire place or even in the kitchen!
Do you grow mango's? What variety do you have? We would love to see your mango's send us a picture and tag us in it!
To make sure that you get a good crop this year you will need a little chill for those fruit trees!
If you are planning on purchasing fruit trees like apples, pears, plums and peaches you will have to make sure that these varieties of fruit get some kind of chill hours. This is a number that you will need to make sure that you know when purchasing fruit trees. The required temperatures are between 32-45 degrees for many hours of winter.
This is a question we get a lot of " When am I suppose to prune my fruit trees?"
Pruning initially is like giving your fruit tree a healthy hair cut! By cutting or trimming away excessive over growth of branches you are enabling the production and quality of the fruit. The tree is also a lot healthier making it easier to resist the damage caused by drought, weather, insects and disease. It also also enables the structure of the tree to set fruit and be able to bear the weight of a heavy crop.
The best time to prune is pretty much any time. But for fruit trees it's best to prune them when they are dormant. For some of the cold hardy trees you might want to wait when the coldest weather has passed as newly cut ends can be damaged by a sudden cold snap.