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: Planning a fruit garden

Fall Preparation Holds Keys to Successful Spring Fruit Garden

Fall is most often viewed as the sea­son for har­vest­ing the last boun­ti­ful crops from the gar­den. How­ever, many gar­den­ers over­look an even more impor­tant gar­den activ­ity — prepar­ing a new gar­den for next spring. When cre­at­ing a fruit gar­den, home orchard, or other gar­den for that mat­ter, prepa­ra­tion is espe­cially impor­tant. Prepar­ing the gar­den at […]

A Compact, Fruitful Garden Plan

Plan for a compact home fruit garden

As promised last post, here is a sketch of a model fruit gar­den that I saw dur­ing a work­shop last sum­mer at the Berk­shire Botan­i­cal Gar­den. This com­pact gar­den could be used or mod­i­fied slightly to fit even the small­est sub­ur­ban lot. I’ve embell­ished the orig­i­nal design with a few addi­tional ideas of my own. […]

10 More Words to Help You Demystify Fruit Nursery Catalogs — Part 2

Primocane bearing red raspberry

In Part 1 of this post, I cov­ered a num­ber of terms fre­quently found in tree fruit nurs­ery cat­a­logs. Some also apply to small fruit. The fol­low­ing terms, and their “codes” in paren­the­ses, are more com­monly found in berry and vine fruit nurs­ery cat­a­logs: Tis­sue cul­tured plug/plant (TC) — This is a clone, typ­i­cally taken from […]

10 Words to Help You Demystify Fruit Nursery Catalogs

Apple rootstock in the nursery row

With the new year upon us, visions of nurs­ery cat­a­logs and plant orders dance in our heads. This can be an over­whelm­ing time, espe­cially for the novice fruit grower. All the vari­ety descrip­tions sound so per­fect. I always want one of every­thing! As I come back to real­ity — tem­pered by lack of money, space, […]