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Sunday, March 19, 2000
Garden Life


Don’t crowd your garden

If plants are crowded together, they start strangulating each other even before they reach fruition. In the case of fruit plants, except kinnow that bears internally too, the fruit bearing is terminal, that is at the end of the branch. When the branches of various trees start joining hands, they shade each other resulting in the failure of fruit bearing,
says
Satish Narula

THE gardeners who live in the region comprising Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Ropar, Chandigarh, parts of Patiala and Ambala, can grow upto 25 fruit plant species successfully. Visiting some of the home gardens, I find the temptation of growing even more than 20 species without any consideration for space. The general complaint, therefore, is ‘these are not bearing any fruit’. The reason is overcrowding and less air and sunshine for the plants.

  Pattern with chips under a tree. Photos by the writerIt is better to have a few good growing plants, instead of many useless varieties. The selection of species can be based upon your own preferences. Before selecting the site of planting, imagine the kind of dimension the plant will attain when it is full grown. Adjust other plants accordingly. If plants are crowded together, they start strangulating each other even before they reach fruition. In the case of fruit plants, except kinnow that bears internally too, the fruit bearing is terminal, that is at the end of the branch. When the branches of various trees start joining hands, they shade each other resulting in the failure of fruit bearing.

Growing fruit plants in the front yard is usually not recommended, except certain fruit trees like litchi that have shining ornamental foliage and excellent canopy or peach, plum, pear etc, that are priced for their bloom as well as ornamental fruits.

The tree base decorated with marbles.There are ornamental fruit plants like Chinese orange (Kumquat) Chinese guava of pomegranate, too that dwarf and fit well in landscape planning.

While we are discusing the disadvantages of close planting, let us consider the shading of places under the trees. The area under the tree is rendered barren. The condition is worse when the tree is growing in the front lawn where even grass fail to grow under the trees or till the area the roots spread. In case where the trees are growing in backyard or in the kitchen garden, you could grow vegetable crops like haldi, adrak, arbi etc and in front lawns there is a need to decorate the base with stones. Chips or pebbles as is seen in the accompanying picture.

This feature was published on March 12, 2000

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