NOW IS THE TIME

By Eunice Messner

CHECK IT OUT

If you donšt have a computer, ask a friend to make a copy for you. You will find a new addition to our web-page "SUBTROPICAL AND TROPICAL FRUITS FOR ORANGE COUNTY". Also, another entry, MORE ON DECIDUOUS FRUIT TREES'. This is an addendum to Gary Matsuokašs' submission on the same subject. In the near future I also hope to submit info on the trees that do well near the coast of Orange County.

When I was a new member of CRFG, it was not easy to find this kind of information and I made several planting mistakes. Luckily, however, sometimes mistakes prove a tree supposedly not growable in our area proves to be otherwise and that's what CRFG is all about.


FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO SEEK THE UNUSUAL

The owners of Sonoma Antique Apple Nursery have retired but two former employees have opened another similar nursery, "Trees of Antiquity". You can find them at <treesofantiquity.com>. or 20 Wellsona Rd. Paso Robles, CA 93446

They offer pages and pages of apples and pears and other deciduous fruit trees - some low chill. I noticed they have the much sought after Blue Damson' plum from the Mediterranean area. It is prized for jam, jellies and chutney making. They also offer a plum of unsurpassed flavor - Howard Miracle. (It needs Wickson' as a pollinizer.)

ANOTHER SAD NOTE

Peggy Winter, age 76, has succumbed to a brain tumor. Long time members will remember Peggyšs warm, sparkling personality. She was editor for ten years of the original CRFG Newsletter and also led foreign fruit tours. She made
many friends for us in east Asia

DONšT DO IT!

What? Plant a fruit tree in a lawn area. Išve noticed the problem many have and a recent article by Dr. Russell J. Balge tells why:

"Turfgrass inhibits the growth of a treešs fibrous root system, slowing growth, re-ducing vigor and making the tree more susceptible to stresses such as drought or pests. If the lawn is watered heavily, the treešs feeder roots may rot. Herbicides applied to the lawn cause root injury.

Nature knows best, and smart gardeners copy her by providing the "duff" which carpets the ground in the woods. The trick is choosing the right mulch and using it properly.

Because they are readily available and cheap, hard-wood chips are often employed as mulch. But, they are high in cellulose and can make a dense layer impenetrable by air and water as they break down. Better choices are
conifer bark, compost, composted leaves, well-rotted sawdust or pine needles.

The ideal depth of a mulch is 2" to 4". This depth should be maintained by annual applications, but not so enthusiastically that this depth is exceeded. Over mulching encourages the roots of a tree or shrub to grow into
it, and when rain or irrigation is lacking they dry out and severely stress the plant.

A ring of mulch, 2' wide starting 6" from the trunk around a newly planted young tree can double or triple its growth rate. Some woody plants can grow up to six times faster if given a 10' to 20' diameter of a rich forest floor without the competition of and shading by other plants they could encounter."