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: June 2013

Secrets to Growing Big Fruit

Jumbo apple; a quirk of pollination

If you nos­tal­gi­cally long for the  juicy, tree-ripe fla­vor of peaches, pears, and other fruit, grow­ing them in your home gar­den is the surest path to old-fashioned enjoy­ment. Other home orchardists secretly dream of hav­ing the biggest fruit on the block to share with fam­ily and friends or to dis­play at the county fair. For­tu­nately, this […]

June Drop — What is It?

Help, all the lit­tle fruit is falling off my tree!” is a plea heard fre­quently from novice back­yard fruit grow­ers. If it’s three to four weeks after bloom, “relax, that’s nor­mal.” What you see occur­ring is nature’s way of insur­ing that the tree will have the strength to carry a crop again next sea­son. Normally […]