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 Gardening 101

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 […]

Selecting the Healthy Fruit Tree or Berry Bush

You have stud­ied your cli­mate, tested your soil, iden­ti­fied the per­fect plant­ing site, and decided what fruit it is you want to plant. The time to actu­ally pick out your berry bush or fruit tree has arrived. But, how do you make sure you are get­ting a good healthy ones? First, buy from a rep­utable source. […]

The “Oh My Gosh” Moment — Planting the Fruit Garden

For many gar­den­ers, plant­ing a first fruit gar­den is much like the day new par­ents bring their baby home from the hos­pi­tal. Months of excit­ing prepa­ra­tion are behind you and now, all of a sud­den, near panic… oh my gosh, what am I sup­posed to DO with this? How do I plant it? How much […]

Fruit Growing in Containers — A Solution for Gardeners with Limited Space and Time

In today’s mobile soci­ety con­tainer gar­den­ing can be the answer for pas­sion­ate green thumbs who do not have their own per­ma­nent piece of ground or only a very small one. Con­tainer gar­den­ing makes sense for a num­ber of rea­sons: New gar­den­ers can start small and add to their gar­den as expe­ri­ence increases their exper­tise. Many con­tain­ers are […]

Simplify the Hunt for the Perfect Fruit Tree

Where can I buy the best fruit trees or berry bushes?” is a ques­tion often asked by novice fruit gar­den­ers. Find­ing the best suited plants for your gar­den con­di­tions is an extremely impor­tant foun­da­tion for a suc­cess­ful fruit gar­den but it isn’t really as hard as most peo­ple think. Where could gar­den­ers begin their search? The […]

The Perfect Place for a Fruit Garden

How sim­ple it would be if all yards pro­vided the ideal site for grow­ing fruit. The good news is with a lit­tle bit of atten­tion to pre-planning and the right selec­tion, many can come close. If one were to define an ideal site for a fruit gar­den it would likely be:     sandy loam or loam […]

Pollination — A Sexy Time in the Fruit Garden

Per­haps you expected that this arti­cle was going to be as excit­ing as Adam and Eve in the gar­den of Eden. Well, maybe not as excit­ing, but surely as impor­tant! It will address the fine points of how we’ll get from blos­som to fruit crop. Numer­ous fac­tors can make the process go awry. Your understanding […]

Fruit Gardening — Is Your Soil Right for it?

Once you have made an assess­ment of the cli­matic con­di­tions your fruit trees and bushes may encounter in your loca­tion, another vital fac­tor to con­sider is the soil. Sev­eral char­ac­ter­is­tics of  your soil will have an influ­ence on the pro­duc­tive capac­ity of your fruit gar­den. They include soil type or tex­ture and pH: Tex­ture First, a […]

Choosing Fruit to Grow in Your Climate

One major envi­ron­men­tal char­ac­ter­is­tic to con­sider in regard to your gar­den is cli­mate. This can be bro­ken down into sev­eral areas of con­cern: the gen­er­ally expected cli­mate in your area a period of cold chill­ing required by the plant the micro­cli­mate estab­lished by cer­tain char­ac­ter­is­tics unique to your prop­erty length of grow­ing sea­son Gen­eral cli­matic con­sid­er­a­tions include an area’s average […]

Planning & Forethought Bring Success in the Fruit Garden

Grow­ing a fruit gar­den is, in many ways, an invest­ment. An invest­ment in: Money — dol­lars spent on peren­nial plants and pos­si­bly some gar­den tools or equip­ment, Time — the time to get the gar­den pre­pared and planted, Effort — the reg­u­lar upkeep of main­tain­ing the plants and har­vest­ing the “good­ies.” To max­i­mize the return on that invest­ment, it […]