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: May 2014

Four Seasons in the Fruit Garden thru the Lens of a Camera — Spring, part 2

Rhubarb --- The first Edible Harbinger of spring

Spring in the fruit gar­den is still run­ning very far behind here in the north coun­try. At least we are start­ing to see green buds. Cher­ries that are nor­mally in bloom around Mother’s Day finally make a show it for Memo­r­ial Day. Once I felt the last snow was truly behind us and the danger […]

Imported Currant Worm on the Rampage

Imported Currant Worm

We had hap­pily inspected the heavy crop devel­op­ing on our cur­rant bushes. Barely days later, my morn­ing cup of cof­fee was inter­rupted by an emphatic “If you want to get a pic­ture of this, you bet­ter do it NOW,” from my nor­mally mild-mannered hus­band. Sud­denly those same bushes were fac­ing an army of rav­en­ous Imported […]

Rhubarb — The Fruit Garden’s First Tasty Treat of Spring

Fresh-picked rhubarb, rhubarb pie

I know, I know really rhubarb is a veg­etable not a fruit. Yet it is often planted as part of the fruit gar­den; per­haps it’s the peren­nial nature of it. As a kid I used to steer clear of the very tart rhubarb sauce my mother used to rel­ish. It wasn’t until adult­hood that I […]

Glossary of Fruit Gardening Terms

As promised, I’ve com­piled the glos­sary of fruit gar­den­ing terms and it’s live online now. Enjoy! I hope it adds to your under­stand­ing of this great hobby. I’ve only included glos­sary def­i­n­i­tions as they apply to the fruit gar­den just to keep things focused. There may be addi­tional mean­ings both within hor­ti­cul­ture and within daily usage. No […]

Fruit Garden Terms A — Z

Glos­sary of Hor­ti­cul­tural Usage The word mean­ings as defined in this glos­sary are in con­text of how they apply to fruit grow­ing. Some terms may have addi­tional com­mon Eng­lish lan­guage mean­ings that are not included here. A Acid soil Soil with a pH less than 7.0. An acid soil is usu­ally low in lime. Also caused by […]

Spring Chip-Budding

Tools for grafting fruit trees - buddiing knife, elastic tie, scionwood, and sharpening stone

Buds on the fruit trees are begin­ning to swell and the grass is green­ing up, thanks to the light rains and 50 degree days we’ve had this past week. I’m get­ting antsy to do the spring chip bud­ding I men­tioned in an ear­lier post. My bud­wood was col­lected and prop­erly stored ear­lier. Now I just […]