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.

Category Archives: Photo essay

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 […]

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

spring crocus

Spring is try­ing soooo hard to arrive, but win­ter is hold­ing a very firm grip this year.                   It’s been so cold and gray that I have found it hard to even try to take a few pho­tos. What I have been able to cap­ture is has hardly […]

Four Seasons in the Fruit Garden thru the Lens of a Camera — Winter, Part 3

black cat

March is gone, spring is sup­posed to have sprung. Where is it? The ground hog lied! Six weeks is up and we still have win­ter. Two days ago it was a beau­ti­ful sunny zero degrees. So what do we have from fruit gar­den photo-land this month? The rasp­ber­ries are still well pro­tected, under almost 3 feet of snow. […]

Four Seasons in the Fruit Garden thru the Lens of a Camera — Winter, Part 2

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I didn’t want my New Year’s res­o­lu­tion to become so short-lived that it didn’t even make it through Feb­ru­ary. It was hard though. Our weather was bru­tal and not at all  moti­vat­ing to get out in. I did give it a lit­tle try though. This col­lapsed snow drift on the com­post pile reminded me of Wisconsin. […]

Four Seasons in the Fruit Garden thru the Lens of a Camera — Winter

Snow on primocane-bearing raspberriesraspberries

Every blog needs a photo, right? Well, I have to con­fess to being less than stel­lar with a cam­era in my hands.…but I can learn. As a belated New Year’s res­o­lu­tion, I’ve chal­lenged myself to prac­tice. To keep at it, being held account­able helps. So here, for bet­ter or worse (prob­a­bly worse for a while at […]