Fall is just around the corner, which means it is time for the kick-off of tree planting season. One important category of tree to consider planting is fruit trees. Many in our area have already experienced the great edibles awakening, which is taking root in urban and rural landscapes alike. The following are three major reasons why we think you should consider planting fruit trees in your landscape this fall.
Quality- Have you ever eaten newly ripe fruit right off the tree? There is simply no comparison when it comes to the flavor and quality of home grown vs. store bought fruit. Grocery supplied fruit must be picked prematurely so it is firm and unripe enough to survive the added time and abuse of the packing and shipping processes before making it to store shelves. This usually results in product that is inferior in both flavor and texture. It is no wonder that fruit just doesn’t taste the same these days. In back yard or local production, fruit is allowed to fully ripen before being picked, resulting in higher sugar content, better flavor and more desirable texture.
Beauty – Have you ever considered using fruit trees as ornamentals? Many fruit bearing trees and shrubs have characteristics that make them easily integrated into an ornamental design. Blueberries have admirable white spring flowers followed by luscious dark blue berries during the summer, and then closing out in the fall with vibrant red leaves and stems. Peaches have chartreuse neon pink spring flowers that are so bright you will think it’s a dream. Apples and pears display show stopping spring and fall color not to mention the simple beauty of fruit hanging from them during the summer. Plums bloom white snowball shaped flowers in the spring that look so perfect, you might think they are hand crafted. Muscadine vines can be alluring in the yard when put on an arbor, wire or trellis. Asian persimmons’ red and orange leaf fall color is absolutely stunning, sure to compete with any red maple.
Fellowship- Have you ever had the pleasure of spending time with family or friends, teaching the kids and grandkids about where some of their food actually comes from? Edibles can create an opportunity for people to fellowship with each other out in creation. Many of us today have become unaccustomed to getting outside in the fresh air, being stewards of the land and enjoying the literal fruit of our labor. There is something about an edible landscape that seems to bring people, neighbors and communities outside together.
These are just a few of the reasons why you might want to consider edibles in your landscape as the fall planting season starts this year. Whether you yearn for better quality fruit, are looking for beauty in the landscape or are looking for fellowship opportunities, edibles might have something to offer you.
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