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  • June plant swap is Saturday
    “June Plant Swap” is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Reservations are required by Thursday; 427-6000 or go to www.
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    FORT WAYNE – The Purdue Extension Service in Allen County is offering Preserving Nature’s Bounty workshops on safe home food preservation procedures and to answer frequently asked questions on canning, freezing
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    A free Master Gardener Volunteers Helpline is available through The Ohio State University Extension Office in Paulding, Ohio.
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Pear blossoms that might yield fruit this summer.

Might have pears this summer

Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Pear tree being grown espalier style on the backside of my home.

My pear trees are blossoming for the first time since I planted them two years ago. I found two small trees that were sort of flat to begin with and have been training and pruning them grow espalier on the backside of my home.

Espalier is when trees and branches are pruned and trained to be on one plane. They're commonly found up against a wall or fence. It is a great way to maximize your growing space.

Because my pear trees are on a south-facing wall of my home, they are also protected from the harsh winter and haves a longer growing season.

Hopefully the blossoms will bear a couple of pears. I'll keep you posted.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)