Consumer Q’s

What is the difference between an orchard and a grove?

(Consumer Q’s is prepared by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Gary W. Black, Commissioner.)

Question: I have an odd question. Apples grow in orchards, but oranges grow in groves. What is the difference between an orchard and a grove?

Answer: An orchard is an area of land devoted to the cultivation of fruit or nut trees. “Orchard” is also defined as the trees cultivated in such an area. A grove is a small wood or stand of trees lacking dense undergrowth. “Grove” is also defined as a group of trees planted and cultivated for fruit or nut production.

An orchard always has to consist of fruit or nut trees, but a grove does not. That is the big difference. Orchards are usually maintained in a grove-like manner, with all the competing underbrush removed. So an orchard can almost always be considered a grove by both definitions of the word, but a grove is not always an orchard.

You can say that oranges are grown in orchards or groves, but I suppose “orange orchard” was too clumsy to say, and grove became the norm when referring to where they are grown.

Your question is not odd. It has been asked by numerous people from varied backgrounds and from different parts of the state.

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Q: I don’t think the gasoline pump gave the proper amount. Who do I report this to?

A: Notify the station manager and call the Georgia Department of Agriculture immediately if you experience malfunctioning pumps (including leaking hoses) or problems with the quality of the gasoline, kerosene or diesel fuel you receive. The direct line to our Fuel and Measures Division is 404-656-3605 or you may call our toll-free line: 1-800-282-5852. This number is on all fuel pumps in the state. You can also e-mail the office at fuel@agr.georgia.gov.

Please let us know the name and address of the store or station, the pump number and the nature of the problem. Please do not just say “There is a problem with the gas station on XYZ Road outside Georgiaville.” Be precise so we have as much information as possible in order to investigate. If there is a problem, the affected pump or pumps will be locked down until the problem is corrected.

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Q: What are some vegetables I can grow in pots on my deck?

A: Almost any vegetable can be grown in a container if you keep it watered. Due to the limited root space, the plants are going to dry out more quickly than those planted in the ground. They will probably also need more fertilizer. The best options for growing in containers are vegetables with smaller fruits or those that have a smaller stature and don’t spread out much. Some good possibilities include leaf lettuce, radish, eggplant, garlic, carrot (round or short-root varieties), tomato (determinate varieties will stay shorter), hot and sweet peppers and bush varieties of summer squash and cucumber. Use the largest containers possible as they will provide more root-room and make the plants less vulnerable to drying out or getting blown over.

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(If you have questions about services or products regulated by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, write Arty Schronce (arty.schronce@agr.georgia.gov) or visit the department’s website at www.agr.georgia.gov .)





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