U Of Minn. Unfair In Not Letting Home Gardeners Grow New Apples

I’ve got a bone to pick with the University of Minnesota. As a rule, gardening is non-confrontational, unless you’re debating the proper way to pronounce peony. But the University of Minnesota has gone too far, and I think it’s time for a discussion. I’m talking about their recently introduced apple variety named SweeTango, developed by…
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The Importance Of Autumn Apple Tree Sanitation

The health of next year’s apple crop begins now. An important item on the autumn to-do list is apple tree sanitation. Here’s what to do: All fallen apples should be picked up and removed as soon as they drop from the tree, or as quickly as you can. Rake up and dispose of apple leaves…
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Are Two Apple Trees Needed For Fruit?

Is it really necessary to plant two apple trees in order to get fruit? And are they supposed to be the same variety or different? Will crabapples work? How close do they have to be? Apples are well-adapted for home-yard growing. But to get fruit, certain pollination requirements must be met. Apple trees are self-sterile, which…
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