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: February 2013

Pollination — A Sexy Time in the Fruit Garden

Per­haps you expected that this arti­cle was going to be as excit­ing as Adam and Eve in the gar­den of Eden. Well, maybe not as excit­ing, but surely as impor­tant! It will address the fine points of how we’ll get from blos­som to fruit crop. Numer­ous fac­tors can make the process go awry. Your understanding […]

Soil Texture: a Quick Hands-on Test

The arti­cle on soils gives in-depth infor­ma­tion on soil prop­er­ties and soils best suited for the fruit gar­den. Here is a quick, handy, in the field “dirty thumbs” test to make an esti­ma­tion of your soil tex­ture. Take a wal­nut size scoop (a rough table­spoon) of soil. Mix with just enough water to hold together with­out leaving […]

Fruit Gardening — Is Your Soil Right for it?

Once you have made an assess­ment of the cli­matic con­di­tions your fruit trees and bushes may encounter in your loca­tion, another vital fac­tor to con­sider is the soil. Sev­eral char­ac­ter­is­tics of  your soil will have an influ­ence on the pro­duc­tive capac­ity of your fruit gar­den. They include soil type or tex­ture and pH: Tex­ture First, a […]

Choosing Fruit to Grow in Your Climate

One major envi­ron­men­tal char­ac­ter­is­tic to con­sider in regard to your gar­den is cli­mate. This can be bro­ken down into sev­eral areas of con­cern: the gen­er­ally expected cli­mate in your area a period of cold chill­ing required by the plant the micro­cli­mate estab­lished by cer­tain char­ac­ter­is­tics unique to your prop­erty length of grow­ing sea­son Gen­eral cli­matic con­sid­er­a­tions include an area’s average […]