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apples are most people’s favorite fruits, but they are not easy to grow in
Plums and peaches are closely related, but plums are less demanding in terms of the need for insecticides and fungicides. The best plum for our area is the methley. Plant it in full sun in a raised bed surrounded by used railroad ties and irrigated with drip irrigation and you can expect a large harvest of plums every May without pesticides. Plums also do not require as much pruning as peaches. Remove the dead wood and suckers each year and you are in business.
Oriental persimmon makes a very attractive lawn tree and it will produce a large harvest of nutritious fruit with minimal care. The brightly colored fruit is harvested at this time of the year. Once the fruit becomes mushy soft it is very sweet, but until that time it is astringent. The exception is the variety Fuyu. It has a mild flavor even when it is firm. Persimmon is used in many dessert recipes and can be used fresh. One gardener harvested his persimmons when they were firm, let them become soft ripe on a picnic table and then froze the fruit. He ate one of the frozen persimmons every morning with his breakfast.
Pears can be very easy to grow in the
Blackberries like neutral soil better than alkaline soil, but they still do very well in the area. Obtain roots or container grown plants. Plant them three feet apart in an open area (not against a fence). Blackberries spread underground and to control them you want a buffer of open area so you can limit them to a specified area.
occasionally benefit by an iron treatment and stink bugs sometimes must be
controlled with Sevin or Malathion, but the toughest part about growing the
productive fruit is that the old wood should be cut out every year after the
fruit is harvested in late spring. New
primocanes emerge from the ground to bear next year’s crop. The most productive varieties kiowa,
especially the satsuma orange does well in this area without regular
insecticide sprays. Many area gardeners
Other fruit that produce well with very little spraying are figs and pomegranate.