Eden's garden

Grow Healthy, Eat Healthy, Live longer

There is an old saying that goes like this and I am sure that you have heard this saying before and apple a day keeps the doctor away, from a child I have heard that saying and that saying is still true. From the begging that’s how the creator God design it to be. Fruits, vegetables and herbs. So let’s go the garden of Edens way and make these fruits and greens a part of our diet.

Planting an Apple Tree

The planting site off and apple tree should be in a sunny location with good water drainage and proper air circulation, one thing to note is to add organic material to the planting hole such as dry chicken or cow manure or some other organic material. In the north plant in the spring and in the south where autumn and winter months are often rainy it apple treeis best to plant as early in autumn as it gave’s the roots a good head start before the spring season. Nutritional facts about apples.

Planting instructions

The planting hole should be a foot wider and a foot deeper than the root ball. As mention above add dry chicken or cow manure along with some top soil to the planting hole place tree in the hole making sure that it is erected backfill with subsoil. A good idea also is to place a stake firmly in the ground along side the tree for support, this stake should remain in the ground along side the tree for a year or two to ensure that the tree is well established. Form a mound or a catch basin around the base of the tree about a foot wide what this does is that this basin does not on hold water but it also directs water into the root zone ensuring that the plant gets adequate water.

Mulch the base of the tree with mulch or some other type of organic material what this does is that the organic material stores water for plant to use when it is needed, keeps weed from growing, keeps soil temperature cool and as the mulch breaks down it not only adds nutrients to the soil but it adjust soil ph.

Planting an Orange Tree

Oranges are a delightful fruit fill with vitamin C that aids in the fight orangesagainst the flu and the common cold. The skin of  oranges can be use once dry to make tea which is quite pleasant, let the peel sit for about 4 days then take the skin place in a small pot depending on how much orange skin you are using fill the pot about half way to the top bring to a boil for 10-15 minutes pour into a cup add sugar. This drink is just wonderful.

Planting Instructions

Look for a sunny location remember to dig the hole a foot or two wide than the root ball, the depth should be that of the same depth when you got the plant from the nursery. Add organic soil with some of the subsoil to place in planting hole mix the soil together. Next, take the tree out of the pot loosen the roots at the base of the plant this will cause the tree to establish much quicker giving the roots freedom to run, place the tree in the hole and add some organic citrus tone about 5 hand full. Place the subsoil that you mix with the organic soil back in the hole firm the soil around the base of the plant keeping the plant erected. As described above, form a catch basin to hold that will direct water into the root zone.

Planting a Banana Tree

Bananas are also a good source of vitamins. This fruit can be added to different type foods to bring flavor to our tables. Like bananasbanana bread, banana pudding, banana cake, banana pancake, banana split or what about banana baby food that many of those cute babies around the world enjoys. I don’t  know about you but I can’t imagine this word without bananas.

Planting Instructions

Look for a sunny location dig the hole 16 inches wide and 12 inches deep. Make sure that you have a good water supply and a good drain soil, even through banana trees love adequate moisture they will not tolerate sitting for long periods of time in soil that has poor drainage. Banana trees love organic matter so it is good to add organic matter to the soil. Chicken or cow manure or some other organic material. place the plant in the hole backfill the hole with a mixture of the subsoil and the organic matter. form a basin around the plant to direct the water into the root zone.

Give it sufficient water along with chicken or cow or if you can horse manure and watch as those nice bunch of bananas grow.

Planting a Peach Tree

Where would peach pies be without peaches ? or where would peach yogurts one of my favorite be without peaches? Peaches can also be used in fruit salads and other desert. Peaches have a delightful taste especially when it is peacheschilled. So then the question is how do we grow peaches? These fruits also contain a good source of vitamins.

Planting Instructions

A sunny location is a must in order for this tree to thrive. Dig the hole two feet wider than that of the root ball and the depth should be the same as the plant was planted when it was  in the plant nursery, It would be good at this time to add some compost in the planting hole, Place the plant in the hole backfill the hole with the subsoil make sure that the tree is erected as you firm the soil around it.

Once the tree is planted water it thoroughly. Add a light application of fertilizer, keep the fertilizer away from the base of the tree to avoid the trunk from being burn. Remember to form a catch basin. water the tree frequently allowing the soil to dry out between watering.

Paint the bottom of the first 18 inches of the tree trunk with a white latex paint this helps to protect the tree from being sunburn during the summer or late winter months.

Planting a Plum Tree

The wonders of plums. These small but sweet and delicious fruits can be eaten just as they are or if you want to become adventures you can bake a plum pie or a plum upside down cake or how about some plum sorbet.Whatever the desert plumsthis fruit can work wonders.

Planting Instruction

The procedures are the same as the above planting. Locate a sunny spot dig a hole two times that of the root ball in width plant the tree at the same depth as it was growing in the plant nursery, after the hole is dug put about half of shovel of compost into the planting hole.

Place the tree into the hole holding it firm as you backfill with the subsoil it would be good at this time to add some more compost as you backfill with the subsoil. Make a catch basin around the base of the tree to not only hold but to direct water into the root zone. Water thoroughly, fertilize with a light application of fertilizer and watch as those juicy plums appear.

Growing grapes

grapes

Grapes are a favorite of mines. Grapes can be used to make yogurts, sherbets, sodas, raisin is dry grapes, raisin is used to make raisin bread, raisin cakes, raisin brown cereals and so forth. So as we can see raisin plays an important part in our food chain.

In this section, we will be looking at how to grow raisins.

Growing grapes

Look for a sunny location this will be the area where you will plant your grape vine, plant grapes in soils that are somewhat sandy. Add some soil amendments to help condition the soil this will give that aid in the overall establishment of your grape vine.

Grapes don’t like wet feet so take caution in the amount of water that you put on your grape plant. The soil of grape vines should be somewhat moist. since grapes are considered to be vines grapes can be grown on fences, trellis, wooden structures and so forth. Nutritional facts about grapes.

So make sure you install the right kind of material to support your grape vines. Prune vines when they are dormant. Pruning at the wrong time of the year can cause vines to loose their sap thereby losing their vigor. Make weeding a regular part of your program by keeping your grape vine as weed free as possible.

Harvesting your grapes at the right time is important. So don’t pick too early, with a little effort and some patient you will reap the rewards.

Growing strawberries

strawberries

Strawberries are loved by many worldwide, these fruits are often included in fruit baskets not only for its taste but because of its nice red color. Strawberries are used in cereals, fruit salads, cakes and so forth, the flavor of strawberry, however, are used in sodas, ice, candies, gums, yogurts and many other delicious treats. To learn more about strawberries click this link. Nutritional facts about strawberries.

Growing strawberries

There are 3 types of strawberries first you have June bearing strawberries. These strawberries produce a large amount every year during a 2-3 week period In the spring.

Then you have the everbearing strawberries that produce 2-3 harvest of fruits during the summer, spring and fall.

And last but not least you have day neutral strawberries. Day neutral strawberries will grow strawberries through the growing season.

Strawberry loves plenty of sunlight so make sure to look for an area that gets lots of sunlight to plant your strawberry patch. Strawberry loves a good drain soil make sure and add some amendments to the soil, this amendment will condition the soil.

The soil ph should be between 5.8-6.2. When planting strawberries do not plant too deeply because plants will have a hard time getting establish. Be sure and mulch the planting area after planting, the good thing about mulch is that mulches keep weed down, keeps soil temperature cool, retains water and as mulch itself begins to break down or decompose, nutrients are added to the soil.

Mulch also helps to keep the soil ph balance, the amount of mulch that you should spread on the planting area should be 2-3 inches of mulch. When watering your strawberry patch make sure to give it a good dose of water.

In cold weather, it is good to mulch over strawberry with straw to prevent the crown from cold burn or freeze burn. Wait until the temperature drops to about 20 degrees c before mulching.

Caution: Even though you give it a good dose of water, keep in mind not to over water. Fertilize your strawberry patch with a triple 10 fertilizer. 1 pound per 1000 sq. ft. is good.

With all that said let’s get started on that strawberry patch.

Growing pineapples

pineapples

Pineapple is one of the favorites here where I live in the Bahamas. Pineapple is grown in abundance on the island of Eleuthera, also pineapple is used in some of the foods that we prepare like conch salad, pineapple upside down cake, pineapple tart, pineapple daiquiri etc…

In this article, we will be looking at how to grow pineapples.  In fact, as I write this article I myself have a pineapple plant on my porch. My beautiful wife planted it in a bucket and it is growing pretty nicely. To learn more about the benefits of pineapple click this link. Nutritional facts about pineapple.

Planting instructions

The next time a friend, family member, co-worker, or neighbor gives you a pineapple or probably you may have purchased one from the supermarket don’t throw the top of the pineapple away that’s the part with the tuff leaves that you will use to grow your pineapple plant.

Look for and area that gets at least 5-6 hrs of sunlight per day,  also make sure that soil in this area is a good drain soil or sandy soil,  pineapple does not like wet feet.  Pineapple belongs to the bromeliad family and one thing about bromeliads is that bromeliads are a hardy type plant meaning they can survive on very little water.

You may want to add some organic matter to the soil to help condition the soil.  The top part of the pineapple once you would off removed it from the plant you would then proceed by removing some of the leaves from the neck or the stem this will be the part that you will plant.

Once you have removed a few leaves from this area allow this part of the plant to dry out for about 2-3 days then plant. Only that part where you remove the leaves should be in the ground.,firm the soil around the plant to make sure it stays erected.

If you are planting more than one pineapple make sure and plant them a foot apart the goal here is to give them room to grow as they reach maturity.

When watering remember pineapple doses not like wet feet so a little will do, the soil should be somewhat moist. After a few months of planting, let’s say about 2 months you can begin to fertilize your plant making sure to fertilize around the base of the plant where the fertilizer can get down to the root zone,  use liquid fertilizers, mixed very lightly.

But I would rather use organic fertilizers like chicken or cow manure.  The time to harvest depends on the part of the pineapple that you plant. The top of the pineapple takes about 24 months to fruit or sometimes longer in colder weather, suckers take about 18 months and slips take about 1 year. As you can see growing pineapples takes patients but the wait is worth it once done properly.

The fruit is ready when the pineapple turns yellow and in some case begin to give off a strong sweet smell.

Let’s get started.

Growing cantaloupes

cataloupes

In my opinion, cantaloupe tastes best when chill and when added to fruit salads to gave that extra BANG. Today we will be looking at how to grow cantaloupes. To learn more about cantaloupes click this link.  Cantaloupe benefits.

Planting instruction

When planting cantaloupes wait until the cold weather has passed and the soil has warmed up, make sure and look for a sunny location cantaloupes loves warm soil. The soil that you are planting the cantaloupe seeds in should be a good drain soil add some organic matter to the to help condition the soil.

When planting seed do not plant too deeply, plant seeds about 1/2 inch in the soil. Cantaloupes plants are space 2ft. apart with rows 5-6ft. apart. Cantaloupes prefer a soil ph of 6.0-6.5. Cantaloupes can grow near a fence or on a trellis because cantaloupes run like a vine and they are climbers. Make sure and support the fruit on the vine so that the weight of the fruit can be supported as it matures.

Make sure to water them thoroughly plant needs to be watered on a weekly basis about 1-2 inches of water per week. It is a good idea to use mulch around the plants because mulch helps to keep the soil warm,  retains water, keeps weeds down, mulch is organic which means when it breaks down it adds nutrients to the soil.

Time to harvest cantaloupes can be in about  2 months or wait until fruits separate from the stem with ease. If fruit does not separate with ease leave but keep watching until this happens.

So let’s get started on those cantaloupes.

Watermelons

melons

Watermelon is also family to the melon family. Watermelons sure lives up to its name because this fruit contains a lot of water, so if you are feeling a little thirsty and a watermelon is around, dive in, I assure you it will quench your thirst. As a child, I loved watermelons and I still do especially on those long hot summer days. To learn more about watermelons click this link. Watermelon benefits.

Planting instructions

Location to plant watermelons is in a sunny location because watermelons love full sun, the vines of watermelons are large and take up plenty space. Watermelons love a good drain soil so make sure that soil gets proper drainage add compost to help condition the soil.

Watermelons grow best in a soil off 6.0-6.8. When planting seeds plant seeds half an inch to and inch in the soil about two to six feet apart. Place 2-4 seeds in each planting hole.

The seeds should germinate in about 7-1o days depending on the soil temperature don’t let the soil dry out water once a day and as the seeds mature thin to the two strongest to gave the strong one room to grow.

When plants reach around 4-6 inches mulch around them. Mulches help to keep down weeds, retains water, keeps the soil cool and adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down. Cut down on watering once flowers appear, water at least 3 times per week.

Make sure water does not get on the leaves and the fruit. In warm weather, watermelons will mature in about four months, in cooler weather, it will take a little longer. To see if your watermelons are ready hit it lightly with your fist if it makes a dull sound that means that watermelons are ready to harvest.
Make sure and check the bottom of the watermelon if it turns white to pale yellow it is ready to harvest. Also look for drying or shriveling of the stem at the base of the plant these are also signs that the fruits are ready to harvest.
So let’s get started.
 
 
 

 

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8 comments

  1. Margaret says:

    Your article on growing fruit trees mad me want to go out and dig a hole and plant an orange tree. Unfortunately I live n a flat with no yard to speak of. Is it possible to grow a miniature orange tree in a large pot? I have thought about doing this but wondered how long it would survive growing that way and how big it would grow. My personal favorite would be a Washington Navel. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Profile photo of Norman Norman says:

      Good night my dear lady and thanks for the follow. Washington navel is a great choice if you are planning on planting this fruit in a big large pot lets say in my opinion a 15-20 gallon pot size that will do. Make sure that your tree is place in a sunny location. Add compost to the soil for drainage. fertilize with a good nitrogen source. you can always control the top growth by pruning. pruning will keep it at the size and the shape that you want. make sure that the soil is somewhat moist not water log or soggy. With this tender loving care you should soon harvest nice juicy oranges. Hopes this helps. If you need any help or advice just give me a shout. Again thanks for the follow and have a good night.

  2. Andrew says:

    Hi.

    The thing that first struck me about your site was the layout. It was very clean to look at & very easy to navigate around.

    You have an incredible amount of information to share on your site. You’ve no doubt put plenty of thought into the content.

    One thing I did notice, & it’s only a small detail, but the headings (the yellow ones) within some of your posts got a little lost against the background. I believe one may have been about bananas. I can say why you’d want a yellow subheading for bananas though 🙂

    I’ve only been with WA a few days, & I hope at some point to reach your standard.

    Great work

    1. Profile photo of Norman Norman says:

      Good day thanks for those very kind words it is very encouraging. I will look into what you pointed out to me and correct what needs to be corrected. Thanks again and have a good day. And also I just what to say WELCOME to the wealthy affiliate family, you have come to the right place to experience great success. success is yours for the taking you cannot and you will not fail, your success is sure just reach out and take it . Gods willing we will make it. See you at the top.

  3. Profile photo of Norman Norman says:

    Good night thanks for the follow and for those kind words, I will take your advice and see how best I can update my site thanks again.

  4. Wil says:

    I think as we progress in society (if you want to call it progress), learning how to create your home garden is so important. It’s very disheartening to learn that many people across the nation suffer because of the chemicals added to foods and vegetation. It isn’t fair that our food sources are in control of greedy corporate monopolies that only care about the money and not the quality of the food. Great post

    1. Profile photo of Norman Norman says:

      Good evening Wil it is good to hear from you again. Yes we live in a world where it sames as if many only care about the money, if person would only invest in a home garden that would be great. Thanks for your kind words, all the best to you and have a good day.

  5. Simon says:

    Hi Norman,
    You are so right regarding your instructions how to plant an apple tree.
    We moved into our home a few years ago and there was an apple tree trying to grow but to no avail.
    It died within our first year of moving in and we found out after that our soil was more to the likes of clay which doesn’t offer much in the way of drainage. Also, the tree was trying to grow in the shade as it was surrounded by trees and never got a chance to start growing.
    Thanks for your info,
    Simon.

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