Planting Fruit Trees

In the summer, even though our program and gardens close, we grow even more food by the pound than any other season! This year, those pounds are coming from foods like pumpkins, cassava, sweet potatoes, and fruit trees such as mango, banana, and avocado! 

Kashi Avocadoes

Any planting of any type of tree is a step forward in repopulating an important part of nature, they all help produce oxygen and decrease the CO2 in the air and reduce water waste (runoff and evaporation), which minimizes water pollution and erosion. Fruit trees are a wonderful addition to any space for endless reasons. Most tastily, they produce delicious, nutritious, package- and processing-free fruit! Socially, they help people connect to the growing process, get in touch with the different seasons, and provide food security. 

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We have over 300 different fruit trees on property, just a few producing right now are: mangoes, avocados, bananas, jackfruit, loquat, longan, barbados cherry, strawberry tree, limes, fig, dragon fruit, and miracle fruit. 

Below is a blog written by one of our volunteers! Enjoy.

Action: To plant more fruit trees.

Why?

Many benefits come with planting trees in general. Trees are an important part of nature, mainly because they provide a much-needed element to humans, oxygen. The removal of trees has been a big problem recently in the world. Since 2000 about 2 million square kilometers of trees have been cut down in the world. Any planting of any type of tree is a step forward in repopulating an important part of nature that humanity continues to remove. 

Some benefits of planting fruit trees are:

  • They provide oxygen

  • Help reduce the amount of CO2 pollution in the air

  • They actually use the CO2 they absorb to help release oxygen into the air

  • They save water by slowing down water evaporation from grass and plants they provide shade for

  • Saves money by providing us with fruit instead of buying it

  • You are getting fresher and more nutritional fruit than you would get from the store because it doesn’t have to be shipped

Kashi Banana Trees

How?

  1. Choose your type of fruit tree you want to plant.

  2. Pick an open sunny location, also consider how big the tree will grow to be.

  3. Make sure you use proper soil, depending on the type of fruit tree your looking to plant, some fruit trees need soil that will not retain too much water because some have shallow roots that will rot with too much continued moisture.

  4. Dig a hole twice the width of the spread of the roots, fruit tree roots grow outward so they need plenty of room.

  5. Place the tree in the hole deep enough so the roots are not above the ground level.

  6. Refill the hole with the soil.

  7. Water the area.

  8. Cover with mulch. The mulch helps protect the soil from the sun overheating it and from rain water taking the soil away.



Do you have any fruit trees growing in your neighborhood? If so, what kind?



Resources:

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/fruit-trees-environment-59135.html

https://www.treepeople.org/resources/tree-benefits 

http://www.wikihow.com/Plant-Fruit-Trees 

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/fruit-trees-tolerate-moist-soil-24199.html