March 10, 2011 |
Sometimes, the peach on a backyard tree is just a peach, a sweet, home-grown bonus. In certain circles of Altadena, though, that peach is a gateway fruit. One tree becomes three, which becomes an orchard. The quest for organic fertilizer leads to a flock of chickens, which beget a garden. Before you know it, there's a herd of goats out front, heritage turkeys in back, a beehive, a rabbit hutch and a guard llama. This isn't just growing your own, a few clay pots on a condo balcony, say, or a tomato patch next to the rose bed. It's full-on urban homesteading, people raising fruit, produce and livestock in the city, and nowhere in Southern California has it taken off like in Altadena.
July 28, 1985
Let me tell you how much I enjoyed your magazine article on exotic fruits (Citrus: The Right Tree Can Deliver a Big Crop in a Small Space, June 23). I am going to purchase several trees this afternoon. I appreciate the descriptions and the concise, easy-to-follow planting instructions in your articles. I would like to see more articles on fruit trees. Joanne Pierce Rancho Mirage
January 25, 1987 |
Flowering peach, nectarine and apricot trees are grown for their springtime blossoms, not for fruit. 'Alma Stultz,' for example, is a flowering nectarine, sterile but with large, pink, showy flowers. Prune flowering fruit trees after they bloom, not now. However, do cut back fruit-bearing trees this month or next. Make clean cuts that are flush with the trunk; stubs may rot and provide access for insects and diseases. Prune roses before new growth starts.
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January 6, 2013 |
Del Aire residents got to enjoy the fruits of their labor Saturday with the unveiling of the state's first public orchard. Residents of this quiet, unincorporated slice of Los Angeles County had helped plant 27 fruit trees and eight grapevines in Del Aire Park and 60 additional fruit trees in the surrounding neighborhood. It was part of a larger renovation that included face lifts for a community center, basketball court and baseball field, all nestled in a green space just southwest of the juncture of the 105 and 405 freeways.
March 1, 1987 |
Fruit trees are flowering, or will soon, and if you are able to fertilize only once a year, now is the time to do it. Any granular fertilizer will do. First, determine how many square feet are under the tree's foliage canopy, and use the amount recommended on the package label. Scatter the fertilizer under the tree, making sure that you distribute it evenly, and then work it into the soil by roughing up the ground with a steel rake.
October 16, 1994 |
a peach, a plum and a nectarine (all big and mature)--were beautiful and full of fruit last year, but this year major branches have died back, and the bark on the upper surface of these branches is brittle and falling off. There is also some jelly-like material oozing out of the bark in spots on live branches. What happened, and can I save my trees?