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: Fruit Garden Handy How-To Guides

An Inch a Week — How Much Water is That Really?

The rule of thumb says estab­lished fruit trees or berry bushes will need an inch of water a week. How do you mea­sure that? More impor­tantly how do you know your plants are get­ting that? Of course, rain­fall is the nat­ural source. Typ­i­cally, ball park fig­ures assume light rain­fall is less than 0.10 inches of rain per […]

Soil Texture: a Quick Hands-on Test

The arti­cle on soils gives in-depth infor­ma­tion on soil prop­er­ties and soils best suited for the fruit gar­den. Here is a quick, handy, in the field “dirty thumbs” test to make an esti­ma­tion of your soil tex­ture. Take a wal­nut size scoop (a rough table­spoon) of soil. Mix with just enough water to hold together with­out leaving […]