The main reasons for fruit trees “not being amazing” are incorrect watering, inadequate fertilizer, application of fertilizers at the wrong time of year, incorrect pruning for the variety, under-pruning or over-pruning, and most importantly not choosing the right varieties in the first place. My new organic book goes into depth on all these subjects so please consult it month-by-month for the tasks you need to do. It is too late now to do corrective pruning on deciduous fruit trees but not too late to fertilize them lightly which should be done here just as flower buds swell and not too late to fertilize citrus and avocado. Citrus should have been fertilized in January. If you failed to do this, follow January’s instructions and do it now. February is the month for feeding avocados. (Read pages 81 and 82 on that subject and feed avocados now.)
I agree that the vegetarian lifestyle is a good one, though I don’t adhere to it religiously and eat fish a couple of times a week. If you are planning to plant a vegetable garden, be sure to place it in full sun. You could grow vegetables either in the ground or in raised boxes filled with good top soil. Be sure to put wire on the bottom of boxes to keep out gophers. Perhaps you can attend one of my seminars or talks on this subject. Be sure to come up and say hi. Please check the list of upcoming events.
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