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8 Fruits You Can Grow Indoors via [msn/shine]

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{by Reader’s Digest Magazine,

From All-Season Guide to Gardening

If you have a spacious, airy sunroom, conservatory or glazed porch, you can grow a variety of potted fruits, including figs, citrus and grapes. Apricots and peaches often crop earlier and better under cover than outdoors, although they benefit from spending the warm summer months out in the garden, as do most types of fruit trees and shrubs.

With the exception of strawberries, most fruit-producing plants are trees or shrubs that need a deep and nutritious root run, so choose containers that are at least 1 foot (30 cm) in diameter and a little more in depth. As plants grow, move them into larger pots or small tubs. You can also root prune them each year to maintain a convenient size. Alternatively, for mature plants, remove just the top layer of soil in the pot and replace this with fresh compost each spring.

In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.

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{1.} Figs

All varieties fruit more heavily if their roots are confined to a large pot, but Negro Largo does particularly well as a houseplant. A temperature range of 55 to 65°F (13 to 18°C) can limit the mature size of the plant, but it may still be necessary to prune in summer and winter to control exuberant growth. Set in a well-lit spot away from direct sun, and feed the plant sparingly two or three times in the growing season.

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{2.} Peaches and Nectarines

Natural or genetically dwarf varieties such as bonanza (peach) and nectarella (nectarine) can be grown as short standards on 30-inch (75 cm) stems. Keep them indoors in a well-lit, sunny position in temperatures of 50 to 55°F (10 to 13°C) until fruit sets, when they will require higher temperatures of 65 to 70°F (18 to 21°C). Ventilate freely in warm weather.

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{3.} Strawberries

Alpine strawberries in pots on a sunny windowsill will fruit almost continuously from early summer until mid-autumn. Large-fruited strawberries will also do well, and are especially valuable when forced to produce early fruit. To stimulate early strawberries, pot up plants in autumn in 5- to 6-inch (13 to 15 cm) pots and leave in a well-lit room. The plants should develop edible crops from late spring onwards, after which they can be discarded or planted out in the garden to grow on.

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{4.} Apricots

Compact varieties such as Shipleys and Goldcot on semi-dwarfing St Julien A rootstocks are highly productive in pots, especially if they are trained against a sunny conservatory wall. For apricots, use a soil-less potting compost over plenty of drainage material. To ensure fruit, hand pollinate by transferring pollen from one flower to another with a paintbrush.

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{5.} Grapes

A vine provides shade and looks ornamental trained up walls and across the roof of a conservatory. Ventilate freely to prevent mildew spoiling the fruit. Each winter, shorten the sideshoots back to two buds.

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{6.} Mulberries

This slow-growing tree is ideal for a large pot. For tasty fruits that ripen in early summer, grow the black mulberry Morus nigra Chelsea in bright, indirect light in a well-ventilated spot, at 55 to 70°F (13 to 21°C).

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{7.} Cape Gooseberries

The cape gooseberry (Physalis pruinosa) and ground cherry (P. angulata) both make bushy pot plants, with small, tomato-like, white flowers and cherry-size, yellow or red fruits in papery husks. They are very prolific when grown in large pots, 1 foot (30 cm) or more across, in direct sunlight near a window.

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{8.} Dwarf Pomegranate

For pot cultivation, choose the small Punica granatum var. nana, which grows only 3 feet (90 cm) high and often produces its conspicuous scarlet flowers while relatively immature. Attractive miniature fruits follow in early autumn but seldom ripen. Plenty of ventilation and sunlight are needed, especially in late summer and autumn.





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Modern Terrariums Make A Comeback via [NYT] Date



Katy Maslow, left, and Ms. Inciarrano have created
many of their terrariums in glass containers they found at flea markets
and antique fairs. Within a year, the friends had amassed so many that
they decided to sell them under the name Twig Terrariums at the
Brooklyn Flea market in Fort Greene.

Credit: Robert Wright for The New York Times

Ms. Maslow’s apartment in Midwood, Brooklyn, is
filled with her terrariums, arranged alongside other finds from flea
markets and antique fairs.

Credit: Robert Wright for The New York Times

A magnifying glass helps Ms. Inciarrano work in a
tiny terrarium. She and Ms. Maslow often use figurines in their
creations, including this painter seated at an easel.

Credit: Robert Wright for The New York Times

Katie Goldman Macdonald, a designer for Old Navy,
makes terrariums in her studio apartment in the Mission District in San
Francisco. She sells them through local stores, and to friends and
coworkers.

Credit: Drew Kelly for The New York Times

She prefers to fill her terrariums with succulents,
which she plants in pieces that are hand-blown for her by the glass
artist Evan Kolker in Oakland, Calif.

Credit: Drew Kelly for The New York Times

One of Ms. Macdonald’s terrariums. She described
making one as a sort of science experiment, albeit one conducted with
color, texture and visual composition in mind.

Credit: Drew Kelly for The New York Times

Every day, customers come into Sprout Home, a
garden store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, asking about terrariums, said
Tassy Zimmerman, an owner. Sprout sells pre-made terrariums, as well as
all the materials necessary to assemble one.

Credit: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

A hanging terrarium for sale at Sprout Home.

Credit: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

A hallmark of Sprout’s terrariums are whimsical
touches like tiny birds.

Credit: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

A little bit of greenery never hurt anyone – and from
what we’ve heard even the most die-hard brown-thumbed gardeners can do
pretty well with a small terrarium. It will add a touch of happy
hippie-chic to a modern room:
“They fit with the current infatuation with all
things old and scientific,” Ms. Macdonald said, “and this Victorian
idea of science as beauty and something you want to display in your
home.”

Just to put your mind at ease…terrariums have come a long way
since the 70’s. No more layers of multi-colored sand in the bottom!
And, please no gnome houses!!

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The BEST Backyards Out There! via [hgtv]

Top 10 Extreme Backyards

take a photo tour of the extreme backyards of outdoor enthusiasts.

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The crowning touch of this amazing pool
is the way it lights up at night.
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This pool definitely keeps the children,
family and friends active for hours.
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This racetrack is so popular, this homeowner
opens it up each week to friends to do their very own race.
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This pirate ship makes the whole family happy.
  • Photo 5 of 10

Little Fenway Park is used not only to
play wiffle with family and friends, but also for charity events for
the community.
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This homeowner has an 18-hole mini golf course
in his backyard.
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This
colorful playhouse includes a main house and castle.
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A beautiful light display illuminates
this waterfall at night.
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Trains travel all over this homeowner’s
backyard.
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Tony Hawk can skate in his backyard
anytime he’d like.

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