Stella Otto: The Backyard Fruit Gardener

Today's Tip: Remove dropped fruit and rake up fallen leaves to reduce pest and disease problems next year

Seasoned Advice for Successful Fruit Gardening

Are you wondering when to prune your fruit trees? Are bugs bugging your berry patch? Do you need hands-on advice to create a fruitful berry garden and home orchard? It’s at your finger tips right here - Stella Otto, horticulturist, teacher, and award winning author shares her years of experience and answers your questions while guiding you on the path to many fruitful harvests!

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Fall Preparation Holds Keys to Successful Spring Fruit Garden

October 18, 2016

Fall is most often viewed as the sea­son for har­vest­ing the last boun­ti­ful crops from the gar­den. How­ever, many gar­den­ers over­look an even more impor­tant gar­den activ­ity — prepar­ing a new gar­den for next spring. When cre­at­ing a fruit gar­den, home orchard, or other gar­den for that mat­ter, prepa­ra­tion is espe­cially impor­tant. Prepar­ing the gar­den at […]

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Preserving our Pollinators

June 20, 2016

We are all crit­i­cally depen­dent on pol­li­na­tors for our food, whether we grow our own or buy it at the mar­ket. Pol­li­na­tors are respon­si­ble for pro­duc­tion of nearly 75 per­cent of the plants we eat. That trans­lates to one in three bites of the food and drink we con­sume daily. Take a moment to con­sider how […]

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The Backyard Orchardist goes on a Blog Book Tour

May 9, 2016

What fun! The Back­yard Orchardist is get­ting to meet new fruit gar­dener friends all over the coun­try as we go on vir­tual tour. We’re stop­ping in to visit a num­ber of gar­den­ing, home­steading, and per­ma­cul­ture blogs and hope you will join us in vis­it­ing these great stops. Here are some past stops, with more to […]

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The Orchardist, Stella Otto


Stella Otto has a B.S. in Horticulture, fruit production specialization, from Michigan State University. She resides in northern Michigan’s Leelanau county, Cherry Capital of the world. She gardens together with her husband, son, and daughter. Their 2 horses contribute copiously to the compost pile, while their 3 cats handle some pest control patrol.
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