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: July 2014

Water, Water Everywhere.…Or Nowhere

Watering cans

At the moment, for me, the well has run a bit dry; fig­u­ra­tively that is. This post is a bit behind sched­ule due to a minor case of writer’s block. My apolo­gies. Today I finally real­ized that could serve as inspi­ra­tion; inscrip­tion to write about how fig­u­ra­tive famine or flood might influ­ence the fruit crop. Late […]

Strawberry Harvest Send-off

Strawberry Freeze. Light & refreshing!

Sadly, we’ve fin­ished pick­ing straw­ber­ries until next year. As our first real sum­mer fruit, they are always awaited with great antic­i­pa­tion and we go over­board eat­ing them while we can.  With much help from my daugh­ter, the maker of lus­cious sweet con­coc­tions, we wrapped up the har­vested joy with a bang. Straw­berry Mousse Cheese­cake First we enjoyed […]

What’s Wrong with My Fruit Garden? — Book Review

What's Wrong with My Fruit Garden?

Book Review   Title: What’s Wrong with My Fruit Gar­den? Authors: David Dear­dorff and Kathyrn Wadsworth Strong points: Much of the book is pre­sented in chart form. Near the begin­ning of the book, you will find a chart orga­nized by prob­lem type. This pro­vides quick ini­tial sug­ges­tions to help iden­tify the pos­si­ble source of your fruit gar­den problem. […]