One of my favorite memories from childhood is of picking apples at my grandparents’ house. Neither of them would have considered themselves farmers. However, since they both grew up on a farm – in the midst of the depression – growing their own food was second nature.
Twenty or so years before I was born, they planted several kinds of apple trees in their large front yard. I can remember climbing a ladder to get to the very top branches with the sweetest apples and eating them straight from the tree.
Here at Rootwell Products, Inc., we want you to be a gardening success. We know that a green thumb isn’t something you’re born with. You need advice from the pros and you need lots of practice.
To that end, we try to supply you with tips every week on a range of gardening topics. Every New Year, we post a roundup of the top 20 articles from the previous year. We like to keep tabs on what you are most interested in.
So take a peek at this year’s list and see if any of your favorites are there.
Have you been putting off winterizing your garden?
Fall is a busy time. Many of us have kids who go back to school – and all that comes with preparing for that. Many of us have clubs and organizations that begin again in the fall and we resume things we may have taken a break from during the summer.
We’ve all seen numerous examples of tree topping and crown reduction pruning in cities and suburbs. These examples include trees that are lopped off on one side or look like a huge gouge has been taken out of the top. Or trees with whole crowns having been cut down to stumps.
I remember, as a kid, reading about how pioneers and farmers in North America from hundreds of years ago would tap maple trees for sap. They used it for maple syrup and they also evaporated it and used it for maple sugar instead of white sugar – which in those days was not bought in such large quantities as it had to be imported.
One question we hear most often is, “When is the best time to plant trees?” The answer might surprise you.
When is the Best Time to Plant Trees?
The short answer is: it depends. A majority of people will say spring is the best season. This tends to be the popular time of year because it is when people begin to focus on their yard and landscape after the winter time. However, many people will argue that the fall is actually the best time to plant trees. Let’s take closer look at the optimal time to plant your trees and what you should know.
This past Saturday, January 21st, the temperature hit a near record high for January in Michigan – 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Whenever temps hit this high in winter months, I always start to think about climate change and what it will do to the trees.
This weekend, my family attended a birthday party for a friend. When we walked to their backyard, we were immediately covered by a cascading canopy of green splendor. The trees where huge and stunning. The large towering branches created a fun rope tree swing for the children to play on. The thick trunk offered endless amounts of active climbing fun. It was pure delight for all.
While the party was definitely fun, it was the trees that, to me, stole the show and created such an inviting and relaxing atmosphere.
If you are looking for a fun fall activity then visiting your local apple orchard is a must. This past weekend, my family and I visited The McIntosh Orchard in beautiful South Haven, Michigan. With the apple blossom being the state flower, Michigan is a state that is sure to produce some amazing apples. The orchard hosted row after row of ripe, crisp, juicy apples. The children ran up and down each isle of apple trees, picking apples and placing them into big wooden barrels to be weighed and brought home.