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: Water

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 […]

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 […]