Stella Otto: The Backyard Fruit Gardener

Today's Tip: Order fruit trees and berry plants now for spring, while selection and supply is still good

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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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Fruit Trees and Berry Plants— Specialty Nurseries List

December 1, 2014

It’s cyber Mon­day, with a twist. As my hol­i­day gift to all of you, I’ve com­piled a list of nurs­eries that spe­cial­ize in the prop­a­ga­tion and sale of fruit trees and berry plants to the home gar­dener. It can be down­loaded as a PDF and printed for per­sonal use or you can refer directly to […]

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Nine Steps to Winter-proofing Your Fruit Garden

October 6, 2014

As we enjoy the “Indian sum­mer” weather we are also aware that this is the time to pre­pare the fruit gar­den for the win­ter ahead. Up here in the north, as Octo­ber arrives we know that soon the white stuff is going to fly. Here are items not to be for­got­ten that will help your […]

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Apples of Uncommon Character—Book Review

October 1, 2014

Book Review Title: Apples of Uncom­mon Char­ac­ter Author: Rowan Jacob­sen Strong points: If you are a “foodie” look­ing for new taste expe­ri­ences this may be the book for you. One hun­dred twenty three apple vari­eties, heir­loom and mod­ern, are described as if each apple were a fine wine. Art­ful yet accu­rate pho­tos raise this book to coffee […]

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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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