The Pacific Northwest has been and continues to be one of the main sources of fruit for the world. Why not grow more fruit yourself? Then you can control exactly what fertilizer and pesticides are applied. If you have limited space, berries are your best choice. My favorite strawberries are the day neutral or continuous bearing type. They bear fruit continuously from June through October. Tri-Star, Tribute and Seascape are popular continuous bearing varieties. Strawberries and blueberries can be worked right into an ornamental landscape. Strawberry plants make good ground covers. Blueberries, with a little pruning, are attractive shrubs. Raspberries and blackberries need some support but a row does not take up a lot of space. Grapes can be very ornamental on a trellis or fence.

Just about all the deciduous tree fruits can be grown here. Apples, pears, cherries, and plums are the most successful. Apples, pears, sweet cherries and some plums, apricots, peaches and nectarines need two varieties for cross pollination. Peaches and nectarines need a spring application of lime-sulfur to prevent leaf curl just as the new leaves are emerging. Dwarf and semi-dwarf tree forms are available. Trees with multiple varieties grafted on the same tree are available in some nurseries. I purchased two espalier grafted fruit trees and have trained them on wires which only require about a 4 foot by 20 foot space.

March 6, 2015

Fruits for Northwest Gardens

The Pacific Northwest has been and continues to be one of the main sources of fruit for the world. Why not grow more fruit yourself? Then […]
March 6, 2015

Small Fruits

Berries and Other Small Fruits Strawberries are the easiest small fruit to grow in the vegetable garden. For home gardeners the day neutral or continuous bearing […]
March 6, 2015

Fruit Tree Pruning

Established fruit trees require yearly pruning for best health and maximum fruit production. Regular pruning in the winter or early spring will also help keep most […]
March 6, 2015

Strawberries

The strawberry is a popular and easily grown fruit in the Pacific Northwest. Strawberry plants can be grown in beds or rows. They can also be […]
March 6, 2015

Pruning Raspberries

Old raspberry canes which bore fruit during the summer can be pruned off right at the ground any time from late fall until spring when new […]
March 6, 2015

Leaf Diseases on Flowering Cherry, Dogwood, Photinia and Peaches

Leaves of these trees and shrubs should be protected with a fungicide application as they begin to grow in late March and April. Most effective are […]
March 6, 2015

Choosing Fertilizers

The best time to fertilize most permanent plants is March and April. Lawns also need a late summer or fall application. I also fertilize anytime I […]
March 6, 2015

Mulches Reduce Weeds and Improve Plant Growth

One of the best ways to reduce weeding is to apply mulch around trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. The most popular mulch material is bark. […]
March 6, 2015

Prevent Wormy Apples and Pears

As soon as flower petals have all fallen, it is time to protect apples, and to a lesser extent pears, from codling moths. Codling moths lay […]