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: Take-home lessons

SweeTango — a Lesson Driven Home

Head­ing off to the Swee­T­ango grow­ers meet­ing saw my hus­band and I lit­er­ally expe­ri­enc­ing a 100°F tem­per­a­ture change in an 8 hour period; from –24°F (yes that is minus) in chilly north­ern Michi­gan to 75°F in Savan­nah, Geor­gia. It was a wel­come change for us humans! It is, how­ever, not one that would do fruit trees […]

Revolutionary Gardens — Take-home Lessons

For those who missed the recent Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Gar­dens con­fer­ence in Michi­gan, here are a few lessons I was lucky enough to take home: Com­post is king. It is at the root of all healthy and pro­duc­tive gar­dens. Good records are gold! They’ll help you repeat your suc­cesses and learn from the even greater num­ber of “fail­ures.” “Fail­ures” are […]