Stella Otto: The Backyard Fruit Gardener

Today's Tip: Mow vegetation short around the base of fruit trees and bushes to reduce winter habitat for rodents.

Monthly Archives: January 2013

Planning & Forethought Bring Success in the Fruit Garden

Grow­ing a fruit gar­den is, in many ways, an invest­ment. An invest­ment in: Money — dol­lars spent on peren­nial plants and pos­si­bly some gar­den tools or equip­ment, Time — the time to get the gar­den pre­pared and planted, Effort — the reg­u­lar upkeep of main­tain­ing the plants and har­vest­ing the “good­ies.” To max­i­mize the return on that invest­ment, it […]

Why Grow a Fruit Garden — A Bushel of Reasons

Are you look­ing for some healthy, eco­nom­i­cal fun that brings the whole fam­ily together? It’s as close as your own yard! Grow­ing fruit is fun for every­one in the fam­ily, from tod­dler to grandpa. Plant­ing or prun­ing, pick­ing or par­tak­ing, even just admir­ing the blos­soms gets every­body out­doors and active. Eat­ing healthy is more fun when the […]

Pluck, Savor & Enjoy: Backyard Berries Make an Easy Edible Landscape

Yel­low rasp­ber­ries, lin­gonber­ries, and goose­ber­ries are deli­cious del­i­ca­cies that are often dif­fi­cult to find in stores. The rea­son some of these lesser known jew­els of the fruit gar­den are not read­ily avail­able is that they are frag­ile when they are at their fla­vor peak, not because they are dif­fi­cult to grow. As inter­est in unusual […]