FGN August 2023

August Food Gardening Network is a FRUIT-ful edition!

August is a real peach. Or would that be watermelon? Or maybe August is a thirst-quenching lemon

Imagine a forest filled with riches, where jewels grow wild. You pick deep red rubies from trees and brilliant sapphire from brambles. Bright emeralds and sparkling citrine grow by the dozens.

This isn’t the setting for a fantasy novel. It could, in fact, be your garden. With a forest of fruits, like cherry trees, blueberry brambles, lime trees, and lemon trees, you’ll always have plenty of rich color and flavor in your garden.

Not only is this garden of flowering fruit trees and bushes beautiful, it’s about as tasty as you can ask for! These treats are all exquisite on their own, and they lend themselves to countless recipes. Grilled Watermelon Salad, Lemon Meringue Bars, and homemade Peach Schnapps are just the beginning of the possibilities!

This is the world we’re exploring in the August issue of Food Gardening Magazine!

Find out how to grow your own forest of flowering fruit trees that will bloom from early spring, through summer, and well into the fall. And in warmer climates, that forest will flower and bear fruit even through winter!

We’re also looking at succession planting and other fall gardening activities this month, including planting a bare root apple tree, cloning fruit trees, and making your own homemade Peach Schnapps!

In all, you’ll find five featured articles, one mouth-watering recipe (plus many more in the guides), and explorations of our three featured fruits: Peaches, Lemons, and Watermelons. And, as always, there are some additional delightful recipes in store from the gardening guides highlighted in this issue.

Here are some exciting articles and videos to look forward to in the Fruit-Filled August Issue of Food Gardening Magazine:

  • How to Create a Food Forest of Flowering Fruit Trees: Flowering fruit trees captivate our senses and offer an exquisite display of nature’s artistry. Whether you find solace in their delicate blossoms, enjoy the fruits they bear, or both, these trees deserve our admiration.
  • Planting Vegetables in the Fall: Easy Crops for Now and Later: Some people think that gardening is summer’s game, but not only are there such things as succession crops—which you plant in the same place as your spring crops—but you can start planting vegetables in the fall that will pop up next spring.
  • How to Plant a Bare Root Apple Tree: The process is quite simple, really, but it’s very specific and much more effort than dropping a bucket of soil with a sapling in the ground.
  • Homemade Peach Schnapps: All you need is some fresh peaches, lemon, sugar, vodka, and a little bit of time, and you’re good to go with this homemade Peach Schnapps recipe.
  • A Quick & Dirty Fruit Tree Cloning Guide: Cloning fruit trees is a perfect solution for expanding your orchard in a shorter amount of time than if you were to grow fruit trees from seed. It is also very cost-effective. It often costs nothing, if you already have some basic gardening materials.
  • Don’t Get Too Sentimental About Fruit Trees: This article comes from our sister publication, GreenPrints Magazine. In it, writer Michael Filas compares raising fruit trees and raising kids—and goes on to let us know why it’s folly to conflate the two.

The latest issue of Food Gardening Magazine also features our deep dive collections on Peaches, Lemons, and Watermelons. You’ll get tons of tips for growing these three exciting plants, from choosing the type you want to grow to prepping your garden and all the way through harvesting and enjoying them in your kitchen. For example:

Even without the mouth-watering fruits, peach trees are stunning. Depending on the variety, peach tree blossoms may be a lovely white tinted with pink, deep pink with red, or fuchsia. Add to that the brilliant oranges and yellows of nasturtiums, the jewel-like red of strawberries, the deep green of garlic, and the commanding purples of lavender, and you have an array of colors that’s sure to bring a smile to your face. In 10 Peach Tree Companion Plants That Belong In Your Garden, discover 10 companion plants that bring pollinators, deter pests, and add a lovely aesthetic to your garden.

Thinking of growing your own lemons? With How Big Do Lemon Trees Get?, you can decide if a lemon tree is right for your garden. Some of the tallest, like the Ponderosa lemon tree, may reach 30 feet tall. Others like to spread out. For example, the Eureka lemon tree can have a mature spread of 20 feet. Then there’s the Meyer lemon bush, which may top out at only 5 feet.

Watermelons need a long growing season, and a lot of room to spread out! But what if you love watermelons and don’t have a big yard? In Start Growing Watermelon in Raised Beds, we’ll explore how raised beds can be ideal for gardeners who want to grow watermelons, but don’t have endless space for this summer delight.

We hope you enjoy the August edition of Food Gardening Magazine as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it. Open up the August Issue today and join us in dreaming, planting, and enjoying all things food gardening.

About Food Gardening Network, a brand of Mequoda Publishing Network: Food Gardening Network was founded by home food gardeners and for home food gardeners—the mission is to serve gardeners with tips, tools, advice, and recipes for growing and enjoying good food at home. During the Covid-19 pandemic that began in 2020, it became apparent that home food gardening would grow beyond a hobby for many home gardeners. Food Gardening Network launched in January of 2021 as an all-encompassing resource for gardeners of all skill levels, with in-depth articles on planning, planting, maintaining, and harvesting home garden crops. Food Gardening Network also includes easy-to-prepare recipes so home gardeners can enjoy the fruits of their labors in delicious, creative ways.

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