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Fruit Trees

Tweet  “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese Proverb Trees play an important part in the environment. Not only do they provide shade and beauty to an area, they provide homes for animals and insects and even help to cool the Earth. According to […]

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UrbanFig: Cinnamon Tree

How to Grow Cinnamon

by on December 26, 2012

Tweet Cinnamon is exotic, spicy and flavorful, but did you know that the culinary spice comes from a tree? It may surprise you to learn that you can learn how to grow cinnamon at home no matter where you live. In fact, growing a cinnamon tree is easier than you might think! The first and […]

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UrbanFig: Where to Grow Blueberries

Where to Grow Blueberries

by on November 19, 2012

TweetFirst, a few basic rules for growing blueberries in the urban garden: 1. You will need an acidic soil with a pH anywhere between 4.1 and 5.0. 2. Your blueberry plants will require full sunlight, and lots of it. 3. Blueberry plants love moisture and should be consistently and adequately watered, but they must have […]

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TweetA common problem with peach trees presents itself in the form of dark spots and holes on the leaves. Because we have had questions about this particular issue, we wanted to explain what it is, how it happens and what can be done about it. What Are the Spots on my Peach Tree Leaves? If […]

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UrbanFig: Avocado Leaf Spots

Avocado Leaf Spots

by on September 17, 2012

TweetOne potential problem that you might encounter when you grow your own avocado tree at home are spots on the avocado leaves. There can be more than one reason for spots on avocado tree leaves, including insect infestation by one of several types of pests. While occasional spots on leaves are to be expected though, […]

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UrbanFig: Grapes

Harvesting Grapes

by on September 10, 2012

Tweet Many people are beginning to appreciate just how easy and rewarding it can be to grow your own grapes at home. Likely the biggest challenge you will encounter when growing your own grapes is when it comes to harvesting grapes. This is not to say that picking grapes is all that difficult, but you […]

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TweetOne of the joys of living in a warm zone line California and Florida is the ability to grow delicious citrus fruit. From oranges and grapefruits to lemons and limes, fresh citrus packs a tasty, vitamin-rich punch. What happens when there is trouble in paradise and one of your beloved citrus trees shows signs of […]

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Tweet Ants The most  common insect you’ll see on an avocado tree is the ant, which is interesting because ants don’t feed on the avocado tree directly. The ant feeds on honeydew which is secreted by several insects, which makes them both a blessing and a curse. They’re a blessing because seeing ants is an […]

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UrbanFig: Olive Tree

How to Grow Olives

by on July 11, 2012

Tweet If you live in a zone that has warm to moderate temperatures and mild winters, you might consider growing an olive tree. Olive trees are resilient and known for thriving in poor soil and on rocky hillsides, but they cannot tolerate temperatures that dip below 25 degrees. That’s not to say that olives don’t […]

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Tweet Before you decide to grow peach trees at home you need to be aware that to do so is a commitment. Peach trees are often susceptible to insect infestation and disease, so unless you are willing to do what is required to help your peach tree grow and thrive, you might be better off […]

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Tweet If you live in a warm climate with mild winter temperatures, learning how to grow lemon trees is not difficult at all. Lemons are vitamin-rich and tasty. Without them we wouldn’t have lemon pie or summer lemonade! AT A GLANCE: LEMON TREES Temp Range: 70+ degrees F Light Needs: min. 6 hours of full […]

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UrbanFig: How to Grow Avocados

How to Grow Avocados

by on May 11, 2012

Tweet When you cut into a fresh avocado, the bright green color, aroma and creamy texture are immediately evident. Whether you are slicing it for a fresh salad or sandwich or putting together a homemade guacamole, you can’t go wrong. If you live in a zone that will support the warm climate needs of the […]

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Tweet The sweet tangy flavor of a fresh orange is something that you never forget, and if you live in a warm zone (zones 9-11) like California or Florida you can enjoy fresh oranges from your own trees. What follows are some tips on how to grow oranges at home. While germinating seeds is fairly […]

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UrbanFig: How to Grow Apple Trees

How to Grow Apple Trees

by on April 27, 2012

TweetWho can resist the allure of a crisp, delicious apple? If you are in USDA zones 3-8, you have a climate that can sustain apple trees, which means you can grow your own. You might think that you don’t have the space to grow your own apple trees, but with modern dwarf varieties it is […]

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