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Fruit is one of those crops that is sprayed mercilessly. The good news is that growing fruit organically is entirely possible for the home gardener. By focusing on prevention and healthy gardening methods, you can grow fruit crops without chemicals.

How to Thin Young Fruit on Your Fruit Trees
Here are some simple, step by step instructions for how to thin apples to ensure strong, healthy growth and a bountiful harvest.

Protecting Your Berries from the Birds
Birds can drive any berry-lover to tears. Since berries can't be picked until they are perfectly ripe, we have to wait for just the right moment to harvest them. More often than not, we head out to the berry patch (or strawberry pot) and find that the berries we were so looking forward to have been devoured by birds. This article will give you ten humane, inexpensive ways to protect your berries from the birds

Growing Strawberries in a Strawberry Pot
Strawberries adapt very well to container growing. This article explains how to plant and grow organic strawberries in a strawberry pot.

How To Grow Organic Strawberries
Strawberries are a delectable summertime treat, but if you purchase this "Dirty Dozen" fruit, you're likely ingesting pesticides as well. It's easy to grow your own, and this article will show you how.

Varieties of Apple Trees
This useful article from About.com Landscaping guide David Beaulieu provides tips on choosing apple trees for your garden. It discusses choosing trees based on size, disease resistance, and type of apple.

How and When to Prune Raspberries and Blackberries
This useful article from About.com Gardening Guide Marie Iannotti explains everything you need to know about pruning your raspberry and blackberry bushes.

Growing Grapes in the Home Garden
Grapes are a wonderful fruit for home gardeners to grow. Once established, a few good vines will give you all the grapes you need for snacking, juicing, or turning into jelly. This article from the Ohio State Cooperative Extension Service is full of good information, including a list comparing common cultivars.

When to Harvest Watermelon
Here is how to tell when your watermelons are ready to harvest.

How to Grow Organic Ground Cherries in Your Garden
Ground cherries are an easy fruit to grow in your garden. Learn more about these sweet little fruits, and how to grow them in your garden.

How to Grow Organic Melons in Your Garden
Complete instructions for growing organic melons in your garden.

How to Grow Organic Raspberries in Your Garden
Information about growing organic raspberries in your garden.

How to Grow Organic Blueberries in Your Garden
Here's what you need to know to grow your own delicious, nutritious, organic blueberries.

How to Grow Organic Figs
Figs are a delicious fruit to grow in your garden. In many places, you can grow them as large trees, but in colder regions, they can be grown in containers and brought in for the winter. It's easy to grow these sweet treats organically. Here's how to do it.

Raspberry Pests and How to Get Rid of Them
Raspberries are fairly pest-free plants, but there are a few insects that can damage your plants, specifically borers, which can kill your plant within a couple of years. Here's how to identify these pests, and how to solve the problem organically.

How to Grow Currants
Currants are great to use in jams and jellies, and are easy to grow, as well. Here's what you need to know to grow these tart little fruits.

Garden Book Review: "The Holistic Orchard"
A review of the book "The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way" by Michael Phillips.

Growing Organic Cherries: Pruning, Problems, and Harvesting
Advice for pruning your cherry trees, as well as pests and diseases to watch out for.

How to Select and Grow Cherry Trees
Interested in growing cherry trees in your organic garden? Here are tips for selecting, planting, and growing organic cherry trees.

How to Grow Organic Pears
How to select pear varieties and grow organic pears.

How to Grow Organic Grapes
Tips for choosing a grape variety and growing organic grapes in your garden.

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