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: Weather influences

The Fruit Garden After Snow-melt: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Grape vine shows some serious rodent feeding over winter.

The Good We have spring! Really, truly; the snow is largely melted, the rest will go fast. The days have warmed and buds will soon begin to swell. .….…Or at least that’s how it was Fri­day when I started this post. Today, Mon­day, we had rain and now, snow; enough snow to turn the pas­ture outside […]

Brrr.… It’s Cold; Does My Fruit Garden Care?

Fruit garden covered in snow

These deep and extended cold win­ter tem­per­a­tures have sure given gar­den­ers cause to hiber­nate. Many are won­der­ing, “How will this affect my fruit gar­den?” Assum­ing your fruit gar­den con­tained rel­a­tively strong, healthy plants and trees, the answer is, luck­ily, the impact is likely to be min­i­mal. We’ve had sev­eral fac­tors work­ing for us:   Fruit trees and […]