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Fruit Tree Paradise Workshop

Darryl Teaching

Florida is a tough place to grow vegetables, but it's one of the best places in the world to grow subtropical and tropical fruit. Oranges are still on the license plate, but these days citrus fruits are mainly grown by professionals licensed to use extremely toxic pesticides. Fortunately there are many other fruits that are excellent choices for the home grower, including mangos, avocados, loquats, lychees, longans, carambola, canistel, sapodilla, white sapote, papayas, bananas, and many more. They are easy to grow, provided that one knows the basics.

This 3-hour class, given twice a year, is a complete introduction to fruit tree horticulture in the Sarasota area. It is suitable for both beginning and intermediate growers. Topics include selecting the right species and varieties, planting, pruning, fertilization, dealing with pests, how to keep your trees healthy and productive, and where to obtain fruit trees and learn more. The emphasis is on non-toxic ecologically based methods. The instructor is Darryl McCullough, an officer in two local fruit tree clubs, at his 2-acre home property in north Sarasota County. It has more than 100 production trees for SweetSong Groves LLC, which markets fresh ecologically grown fruit in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. The topics will be illustrated in a hands-on fashion that include tours of the groves.

Whether you want to grow one tree or dozens, it's an easy and fun way to avoid all the beginner mistakes, so you can soon enjoy your own home-grown fruit.

A $25 per person registration fee will go to support the work of Transition Sarasota. Couples can register for $35.

There is a maximum of 20 participants, so please register early using the Paypal link below. At a later date, an email giving the location and other important information for the workshop will be sent to the email address associated with your Paypal acount (if you wish to receive it at a different email address, please notify us at

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