Stella Otto: The Backyard Fruit Gardener

Today's Tip: Proper timing of early season pest & disease control is very important for reducing later problems.

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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Strawberries—What Type is Right for Your Garden?

April 28, 2016

Who doesn’t love a juicy, red, ripe straw­berry? Most gar­den­ers wel­come their con­cen­trated har­vest that comes fast and furi­ous in June (or a bit ear­lier in some of the warmest south­ern states) but lament how fast it is over; here for Father’s Day, gone by Fourth of July. Did you know you can eat your strawberries […]


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Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist — Book Review

April 7, 2016

Book Review Title: Edi­ble Land­scap­ing with a Per­ma­cul­ture Twist Author: Michael Judd Strong points: Right from the get-go, this book shows it’s true col­ors and under­stand­ing of design. It is well laid-out and beau­ti­ful to look at. It guides you through pur­su­ing a per­ma­cul­ture gar­den with very clear instruc­tions on how to incor­po­rate small projects into your […]


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Growing Fruit and Urban Homesteading in the Arizona Desert

March 30, 2016

Recently, I had the oppor­tu­nity to explore a world of fruit grow­ing very dif­fer­ent from my usual north­ern Michi­gan venue, while on a trip to Ari­zona. One of the first things I noticed was how ubiq­ui­tous the cit­rus trees were, see­ing at least one in almost every yard. The fra­grant smell of the blos­soms was […]


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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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