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Growing Your Own Stone Fruit Is Easy

Fruits with pits are also known as drupes or stone fruits. A drupe is a fruit with a hard stone or pit inside and contains a “fleshy” outer skin. This includes cherries, plums, peaches, dates, mangoes and apricots. Some berries are also drupes, such as raspberries and blackberries.

You  needn’t perform acupuncture, poking and prodding the pits of fruit to encourage new plants to grow. Instead, embed them in a nutrient-dense bed of compost or humus. Not the dip that you find smeared on pita bread. Rather the rich, outermost layer of healthy soil. Results may vary depending on which you choose; as compost is organic matter that is in the process of decaying, while humus consists of organic matter that has already decayed, having a pleasant, earthy scent.

A fruit’s pit should be placed in either a compost bin or directly into a plot of dark, nutritious soil. The latter requires little, if any digging as a great deal of nutrients are found at the top. Afterwards, you need only wait. Within about a month, a taproot will sprout. When this happens, it is time to move the pit into a more permanent residence, either a pot of soil or nestled firmly into a permanent spot in the yard, where it can continue to grow. By adding additional compost to the soil, you should see that the fruit begins to flourish.

For optimal conditions, compost needs a proper balance of carbon and nitrogen. While different food will produce varied results, compost ingredients tend to be categorized as either “green” or “brown”. Greens include leafy greens, fruits and all other vegetables, as well as tea bags and coffee grounds. These are nitrogen dense and will lower the carbon:nitrogen ratio.

Brown materials, which include leaves, twigs, cardboard, sawdust, and peat moss have a higher carbon content. Most who compost aim for a 30:1 ratio, with carbon being the former and nitrogen the latter. So long as you compost a fair amount of both green and brown items, your compost should balance out. Certainly, do not feel as though you must avoid composting an apple core simply because your bin is already brimming with green matter. Though may want to mix in a little brown matter, like dried leaves or shredded newspaper, to be safe.

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