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Reap The Rewards Of Growing Your Own Avocado Grove!

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 5/10/2017

Grow Your Own Edible Landscape 

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Avocados, people all over the world love them, and here in the Southwest, the Hass avocado is one of the most common and also one of the tastiest! Developed on a hybrid tree farm in California, when compared to their natural cousins, the Hass avocado has much softer flesh when ripe and is the avocado that most of us eat today.

Grow Your Own
The demand for avocados has been rising dramatically. According to the U.S. government, American per capita consumption was 6.9 pounds in 2015, compared to 3.5 pounds in 2006. This demand can’t keep up with the reduced harvest caused by drought and heatwaves, where California’s avocado production is expected to fall by 44% and where much of the Hass avocados we love come from. When there’s a shortage of these tasty, healthy fruits, prices soar and it’s a bummer, that is, unless you’re growing your own!

Grow your own avocado grove and never pay high grocery store prices again or miss out on making your own guacamole – plus, you get to pick it straight from the source and take in all of the healthy oils and fat avocados provide. Avocado trees do more than just produce fruit with amazingly tasty health benefits, they can also be an attractive shade tree with dark green foliage that beautifies any landscape. With the right planning, you can even turn a profit selling avocados grown from your very own grove.

Planting Tips
The best way to get started is buying bigger avocado trees that are already at their fruit producing age, such as those grown at Moon Valley Nurseries. These trees like the ground to be warm but not too hot, so ideally, they should be planted into the ground from March through June. Avocado trees should be planted in sunny locations and in a spot where they are protected from the wind. You’re going to want the most fruit possible, so to get the most fruit production, we recommend planting a few avocado trees nearby or go big and do a whole grove. Don’t worry, other than the occasional regular maintenance that any tree would require, they are pretty easy to grow and care for.

Watering Tips
Proper watering is critical to the tree producing the best quality fruit and allows the tree to preserve its natural resistance to fungal diseases. It’s important to not overwater avocado trees, in fact, overwatering in certain soils is often the number one factor in causing root rot. When watering, soak the soil well then allow it to dry before watering again. Of course, they still need water, so keep in mind that under-watering trees may produce small fruit that might tend to sunburn. We recommend using a drip system.

Avocado Tree Facts

  • Avocado trees are sub-tropical /tropical fruit trees that never go dormant – they are always growing and developing
  • They are shallow rooted trees that need good aeration
  • Broad-spreading trees – can provide shade
  • A tree can range from 15 to 30 feet tall
  • Begin bearing fruit in three to five years and can thrive for decades
  • The most productive leaves grow on the outside of the tree
  • You will get more fruit if you have more than one avocado tree nearby
  • Only pollinated blooms will produce fruit – let the pollinators do their thing!
  • A Hass tree may have from 150 to 500 pollinated blooms and take about a year to grow into a ready-to-pick avocado
  • Hass fruit ripening period from February to August - they do not get soft on the tree, once picked, it takes about 7 to 10 days for it to soften when left at room temperature

Enjoy the fruits of your labor! Growing your own edible landscape is a fun and easy way to enjoy nutritious fruit the entire family will love. Start your avocado grove with trees already at their fruit producing age and get ready to dig into your homemade avocado sandwich spread. Moon Valley Nurseries has what you need to eat healthy fruits! We have fruit producing age citrus trees and avocado trees available right now!

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

Eat What You Grow

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 3/30/2017

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It's pretty safe to say that this time of year is the best. Flowers are everywhere, deciduous trees are starting to leaf out again, our veggie gardens are producing, and the intoxicating aroma of citrus and fruit blooms are filling up the air.  Now, we always talk about how great our region is and one of the greatest things is that our region is ideal for growing fruit and citrus trees in your backyard!

Click here to see all of our fruit and citrus trees we offer.
Grown specifically in our climate Guaranteed to produce!

At Moon Valley Nurseries we are always telling our customers to eat what they grow and our custom root stock on our fruit and citrus, that was developed by our owner Les Blake and his grandfather, is far superior then what you will find anywhere else. The root stock is extremely important when talking about fruit and citrus trees as this is what your trees are grafted on and many growers take shortcuts so they are able to grow their trees faster and get them to the nursery quicker. We don't do short cuts here at Moon Valley Nurseries. You can only get excellent tasting and guaranteed to produce fruit trees from Moon Valley Nurseries, no other nursery in the country grows trees like we do.

If we still don't have you convinced, check out our top reasons to grow your own homegrown food:

Fruit & Citrus Taste Better
The taste between homegrown fruit and store bought fruit is not even comparable. Your homegrown fruit and citrus will be sweeter, juicier, and more flavorful than store-bought, which are picked before they’re ripe. Because these fruit and citrus are picked too early, they cannot develop the complex flavors and sweet sugar taste we all love. By growing your own food, it allows the fruit and citrus to fully ripen on the tree for ultimate taste.

No Pesticides
Store bought fruit is treated with many pesticides and chemicals and unless you do your research you have no idea what they are spraying the fruit and citrus with. Growing your own fruit and citrus allows you to be in control and what you feed and fertilize your tree with. 

Garden Fragrance & Flowers
Scented citrus blossoms in the spring are what dreams are made of. The intoxicating smell and the beauty of the flowers are a great bonus for every homeowner.

You Don’t Have To leave The House
We like to think being 10 feet from your fruit or citrus tree is a million times better than driving to the store in traffic for, let’s say, a single lemon.

Below are the top varieties to grow in our region with some recipes that our nursery pros love. 

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The most popular citrus tree we offer, the orange trees origins can be traced back to ancient Chinese literature and the orange is now the most cultivated citrus tree in the world. Oranges are super easy to grow and for our region the best to grow are the Arizona Sweet Orange, Washington Navel, Valencia, Blood Orange, and Trovita. These are all proven varieties that will produce great tasting fruit for many years to come.  Recipe: Using homegrown oranges you can make Sangria!
 
 
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Lemon
There are so many food items that we eat the require a lemon, and with a lemon tree in your backyard you'll never have to go to the grocery store again. There are a few different types of lemon varieties we offer. Meyer Lemon (cross between a lemon and an orange), Lisbon Lemon, Eureka Lemon, and Pink Lemon (actually pink on the inside!).  Recipe: Using homegrown lemons you can make the Best Lemonade Ever!
 
 
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Where would our food and beer be without limes. We don't know and we don't want to even think about living in a world without limes! We also have an insider tip for everyone. WAIT until your limes turn yellow. That means they are fully ripe.  They are supposed to turn yellow. Another benefit of growing your own homegrown good.  We offer three varieties of limes at Moon Valley Nurseries. The Mexican Lime (Key Lime), Bearss Lime (Persian Lime), and the Australian Finger Lime. Recipe: For all the adults out there (that means 21 and older) we suggest the Beer Margaritas!
 
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These softball sized citrus pack a punch and they are a great source of vitamins and like everything else on this list they are super easy to grow. You may even see some 50 year old grapefruit trees around town as they have been a popular choice in our region for decades. When it comes to grapefruit there are a few different varieties. You have the White Grapefruit (Marsh Seedless and Oro Blanco), which is super sweet and of course white on the inside, and the Red Grapefruit (Rio Red and Rudy Red), which is of course red on the inside. Recipe: This is for those with the sweet tooth....The Fresh Grapefruit Cake!
 
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Now you're probably looking at this and thinking, 'peach...in our region????' We are here to tell you that YES, peaches grow in our region, and YES, they produce every year. Once again proving why our region is the best in the United States! The peach, just like the orange, comes from Northern China and has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years! We offer three varieties at Moon Valley Nurseries. The Desert Gold, Florida Prince, and May Pride. Recipe: Another recipe for those with the sweet tooth is the Juicy Peach Crisp!
 
 
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Remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and with an apple tree in your yard you'll be the healthiest person in the neighborhood. Apples have been a healthy part of humans diet for more than 1,000 years and these beautiful trees (with gorgeous flowers in the spring) will be a welcome addition to your yard. The four varieties we offer are the Anna, Dorsett (Golden), Fuji, and Beverly Hills. Recipe: A little outside of the box, Apple Baked Beans!
 
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This is only for our California readers. And so we are all clear on this, you can possibly grow avocados in Arizona and Las Vegas. However, it needs a lot and we mean A LOT of care and they don't perform that well so we do not recommend nor do we sell avocado trees at our nurseries in Arizona and Las Vegas. For the Californians, you can save big bucks by planting and growing your own avocado tree. They perform extremely well in our region and the varieties we offer are  Hass, Bacon, Fuerte, and Zutano. Recipe: Guacamole is the easy way out, so we suggest the Avocado Dessert. You'll enjoy it
 
Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any and all projects you may have. Click here to map a nursery near you.
 

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

Top 5 Stone & Soft Fruit Trees To Plant Right Now

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 1/27/2017

Plant Now for a Fruitful Harvest this Season

Stone Fruit, Soft Fruit, Nuts Trees and More!

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There are few moments better than being able to walk outside your home to pluck a juicy stone or soft fruit straight from your tree at peak ripeness. The juiciness, the sweetness, and the color are far superior from what you will find at your local grocery store.

If you want this, then DO NOT miss out on the absolute best time of the year to plant these stone and soft fruits. It's the perfect time of year as the stone and soft fruits have not flowered out yet. Get them planted before they flower out and you'll be enjoying some homegrown food this year. Do not miss out on this opportunity. The next time will be next year. Don't wait another 12 months to have your own homegrown food. Act now before it's too late. 

We cannot stress the importance of planting these stone and soft fruits right now if you are wanting and hoping to have your own homegrown fruit this year. Still on the fence? Check out our varieties and the beautiful flowers they produce. 

All varieties are available in your state unless noted. Click on the name for more info. 


Peach

Varieties we offer: Desert Gold, Florida Prince, and May Pride (Babcock - California only)
Plums
Varieties we offer: Santa Rosa
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Apricots
Varieties we offer: Gold Kist, Katy, and Royal
Nectarines
Varieties we offer: Desert Delight, Double Delight
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Apples
Varieties we offer:  Anna, Dorsett, Fuji, and Beverly Hills
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On top of the juicy fruit that is feet from your home, check out the other benefits below!

Stunning flowers with a sweet smell
When stone and soft fruit trees flower out they are breathtaking...and we're not just talking a few flowers here and there. The entire tree flowers out producing eye-catching flowers that are sure to turn heads. The flowers also produce a sweet aroma that is intoxicating and lovely to be around.

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No pesticides
Unless you're asking questions, chances are that you have no idea what chemicals were used on the store bought fruit you have brought home for a snack. By growing your own homegrown food, you will be able to be in control of what your feed and fertilize your tree with. 

Don't have to leave the house
We like to think being 10 feet from your stone or soft fruit tree is a million times better than driving to the store in traffic for, let’s say, a single peach.

Custom root stock
Stone and soft fruit have been cultivated for centuries. Take the peach for example. Native to Northern China, it has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years! Because of this, there are many peach and other stone and soft fruit varieties all over the world. Unfortunately, not all of these perform well in our climate. At Moon Valley Nurseries, owner Les Blake and his grandfather began growing custom stone and soft fruit trees more than 50 years ago. Over the years, Les and his grandfather have developed custom root stock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit and a plentiful harvest. Moon Valley Nurseries has taken the guesswork out and we only carry the best varieties for our area. 

Right now is the best time to plant these stone and fruit trees. If you have been wanting, and hoping, and longing for your own homegrown food. Do not delay. Come visit one of our nursery locations and talk to the Moon Valley Nurseries pros about our stone and soft fruit varieties below. 

If you have any questions on any of the stone or soft fruit trees, submit a comment below or be sure to speak to any of our nursery pros at any of our locations, which you can map right here! Hope to see you soon.

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees