AgCenter offers home fruit, nut production handbook

BATON ROUGE — The LSU AgCenter has published a guide for those interested in fruit and nut production in the state.
The new Louisiana Home Fruit and Nut Production handbook is filled with 84 full-color pages of useful information, including detailed information about fruits and nuts commonly grown here, as well as those you might want to avoid, according to the AgCenter press release.
“This is the ultimate guidebook that all backyard growers will want to add to their gardening library,” said Rene’ G. Schmit, state Master Gardener program coordinator for the LSU AgCenter.
The handbook’s primary author, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dave Himelrick said the book is designed specifically for gardeners in the area.
“This book should be of practical use for anyone in our region who is interested in growing fruits and nuts in their yard,” Himelrick said.
In addition to recommendations about common Louisiana fruits and nuts, the handbook also features information on choosing the right crop for your situation, selecting a site, preparing the soil, fertilizing, irrigating, controlling pests and more.
Available for $20 from the LSU AgCenter, the spiral-bound, 8.5-by-11 handbook can be ordered online at www.LSU or by calling 225-578-2263.

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