Sunday, August 29, 2010
Fall is fast approaching, which is the perfect time to plant fruit trees. Most suburban yards have room for a few naturally small trees (apricots, peaches) or dwarf varieties of normally larger trees (apple, plum, pear). St Lawrence Nurseries (http://www.sln.potsdam.ny.us/) and Miller Nurseries (http://millernurseries.com) are both excellent sources for a variety of fruit and nut trees. Check 'em out and plant a few edible trees this fall. They will help improve your food security, provide a home for wildlife, beautify your property, sequester CO2, provide oxygen, and filter water. That's a huge bang-for-your-buck for a minimal upfront investment. Helpful hint: for faster growth and a healthier tree, plant it alongside a Siberian pea shrub, which fixes nitrogen in the soil and provides some protection for your sapling tree.