Written by Anna-Marie Barnes
This article was first published in Lifestyle Block
This month, we’re going nuts for almonds. Although this versatile member of the Rosaceae family does not provide a crop to harvest in September, it is a cheerful harbinger of spring, among the first of the fruiting trees to flower (somewhat profusely) in late winter and early spring. As such, I think it deserves an early spot in the productive-crops calendar and a place in your garden.
Nuts are increasingly in the nutritional spotlight, and consumer demand is high, in accordance with the current trend towards plant-based eating. They are no longer demonised as a high-fat indulgence, but touted as beneficial inclusions to a healthy diet. Perhaps of most interest to the home gardener is that with a little room to move, a moderate climate and some careful planning, backyard nut production can be well within your grasp. Almonds are an excellent starting point, as they can be grown successfully in climates where their cousin, the peach, also thrives. Dwarf varieties are available, which brings them within the scope of those on smaller sections. [Read more…] about Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – Almonds