The crabapple tree is one of the most popular fruit trees in Florida. It grows up to 20 feet tall and produces large, juicy fruits that are eaten fresh or dried. They are very sweet and delicious! They are best used for jams, jellies, pickles, preserves and other foods. However they do not produce enough food to sustain your family for long periods of time so it’s always good to have some extra. You may be wondering how to fertilize a crabapple tree. There are several ways to go about it. Some people prefer using chemical fertilizers which can cause harm to the environment and animals if used improperly. Others use organic methods such as compost tea or even just water from the garden hose. Either way, there are many different types of fertilizers available to choose from. When choosing what type of fertilizer to use, you need to consider the following factors:
What kind of soil do I have?
If you don’t have rich soil then you will want to stick with the natural method of crabapple feeding. Use only organic fertilizers.
Do I already have crabs around my house?
If so, then you need to keep them away from your crabapple tree. Otherwise, they will just keep stealing the food and nutrients for themselves instead of your tree.
What type of fertilizer do I have access to? Are there some that are easier to get than others?
Once you decide what path you are going to take on how to feed a crabapple tree, you can start planting it. Most people prefer to plant them around their houses since crabapples are a great food source and they also keep away other pests such as mosquitoes. But you must take caution when planting them in or near your house because if they get too big then their limbs can easily break your windows or even your roof if it gets crowded enough. So keep that in mind when placing them. If you have space, then you can just plant them around the edge of your property. That way they can act as good fencing.
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Be sure to read our article about making an herb garden for your home. You never know when you might need some herbs for cooking.
You can’t rely on hunting and gathering in this day and age. Hunting requires a weapon that is costly to make and the skills to go with it.
Also, you have to have the physical ability in order to be successful. Gathering wild plants is good but again, you need knowledge of what is edible or poisonous. Unless you live in a very rural area, wild edibles are hard to come by. You’re better off planting a garden and raising a few animals. However, that takes time, skill, and space. You live in a city apartment with a lot of people so your options are limited. Even your balcony is taken up by your scavenging station. That just leaves your living room. It’s not much but it can be converted into a basic garden area.
With the soil that you previously removed from your balcony, you can fill up a large pot with it. You can get some small plants to put inside and hopefully they will thrive.
It’s going to be a long time before you see any produce but this is a good way of establishing a long-term food source for yourself.
You’re going to have to keep an eye out for sprouting seeds in the near future. You’ve never grown anything before but you know it takes time.
You’re starting to get the hang of bow and arrow. You still have a lot of work to do before you could ever think about hunting with it.
The intense concentration that it takes to hit the center of the target is just as hard as it was when you first tried.
However, now you are starting to see progress and that’s what counts. You’ve currently set up three different targets:
A standard circular target for accuracy. A human silhouette for testing distance and reflexes.
A larger circular target with a sharpened spike in the center for testing stabbing strength and accuracy
You start off with the standard circular target and after a few hours, can reliably hit the bullseye about half of the time. Not bad at all.
You decide to move on to the human silhouette. For this, you turn the dial on your crossbow so that it’s set just a little bit further than what you’re capable of.
If you can hit the target from this distance then you know that you’ll be able to take down a human from a comparable or even greater distance.
You take a deep breath and aim carefully…
You hear the twang of the bow as you release the arrow. It quickly flies straight through the air and imbeds itself into the target.
You smile when you notice that you hit the center of the chest. You knew you could do it.
You go ahead and fire off a few more arrows until you’ve used up all of your bolts. Upon retrieving them, you count how many targets you’ve left intact.
Out of the six arrows, you’ve only managed to hit the center of the chest on two of them. That’s not too bad; you were expecting worse.
You decide to pack it up for today and head back inside where it’s warm. You’ve been out here for a while and the sun is starting to set.
You pack up your stuff and haul the bow back inside. You immediately start counting up your bolts and placing them into their quiver.
When you get to the last one, you suddenly feel an immense pain in your foot. You look down and see that you’ve been bitten by one of the pitiful nails that served as your “practice targets.”
Sources & references used in this article:
Crabapple cultivars tested as street trees: second report. by HD Gerhold – Journal of Arboriculture, 2000 – cabdirect.org
Crabapples in the Landscape by SM Hansen, J Gunnell, S Vaughn – 2019 – digitalcommons.usu.edu
Evaluation of the decorative and consumption values of crabapple cultivars and their usefulness for urban development. by A Marosz – … Naukowe Instytutu Sadownictwa i Kwiaciarstwa w …, 2009 – cabdirect.org
“Where our women used to get the food”: cumulative effects and loss of ethnobotanical knowledge and practice; case study from coastal British Columbia by NJ Turner, KL Turner – Botany, 2008 – NRC Research Press
Feeding preference of Japanese beetles for taxa of birch, cherry and crabapple by TG Ranney, JF Walgenbach – Journal of Environmental …, 1992 – meridian.allenpress.com