Benefits of Growing Your Own Fruits

Benefits for you and your family: Fresh and nutritious fruits. Fruits from your own garden are higher in nutrients than the ones that have traveled several thousand miles to get to your grocery store. Having your children assist you in the garden can increase the chance that they will eat more of the fruits and vegetables they have helped to grow. Growing your own fruits can offer you the opportunity to reduce the amount of pesticides that you use in your garden, making them healthier. Growing your own fruits will…

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WHY YOU SHOULD PLANT AN ORANGE-TREE FRUIT TODAY

Sweet and juicy to taste, orange is one of the most popular fruits in Kenya as well as the world. Belonging to a group of citrus fruits called hesperidium, oranges have more health benefits than one. Here are the top 10 health benefits of the fruit that Kenyans ignore. Boosts your immunity- A single orange can meet more than 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C. This vital nutrient helps improve your immunity, keeping you free from diseases and infections. Here are some more immunity boosting foods. Good for…

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PEST AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT IN MANGO FARMING IN KENYA

In organic farming systems, preventive methods based on proper crop and habitat management are encouraged. Direct methods of control are reserved for emergencies only. Synthetic insecticides and fungicides are not allowed in organic mango production. The most destructive mango pests are the mango seed weevil and the mango fruit fly, common nearly in all mango producing areas. Mango seed weevil (Sternochetus mangiferae) Mango seed weevil, also called the mango stone weevil, is one of the major pests of mangoes in sub-Saharan Africa. The larva, which is the damaging stage of…

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Mango varieties in kenya

Francis Francis has a deliciously spicy and sweet taste. The flesh has fibers but is very soft and juicy. Francis is Bright yellow in color with green overtones and flaunts an elongated and sigmoid S-shape. Owing to the fibrous flesh, Francis may not be a popular choice for salads, but it finds great use in chutneys due to its tangy flavor.       Glenn Glenn is an excellent choice among various varieties of mango. It has a sweet, silky and peachy flavor and an exotic odor which make it…

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Establishing a tree fruit orchard in Kenya

Establishing an orchard for your tree fruits Where to plant your fruit trees is an important consideration when starting your orchard. Ideally you want good drainage, good soil, plenty of sunshine (fruiting trees require a minimum of 6-8 hours of sun per day during the growing season), and good air flow. You want your trees to be wind protected and try to avoid low-lying sites. A slope is the best location, if you have one. Fertile soils with a depth of  more than 1.5 meters and pH range of 5.8–6.6…

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