Stella Otto: The Backyard Fruit Gardener

Today's Tip: Be cautious not to apply insecticides during bloom when bees are active.

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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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 BackYard Orchardist Visits the Urban Farm Podcast

May 5, 2016

Ear­lier I blogged about my visit to Ari­zona and the Urban Farm, home of Greg Peter­son, a very com­mit­ted dis­ci­ple of grow­ing your own food right in down­town Phoenix. More recently, Greg and I had a chance to “talk fruit trees” on the Urban Farm pod­cast. Come lis­ten in while we com­pare notes and chat […]

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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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