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.

Choosing Apple Varieties for Your Home Orchard

Which apple is best

Which apple vari­ety do you like best?

Octo­ber is National Apple Month; time to cel­e­brate the crunch­ing, munch­ing great fla­vor of our all-American fruit! For some folks that means a trip to the local u-pick, cider mill, or farm­ers’ mar­ket. For oth­ers, maybe you, it is an entice­ment to grow a few apple trees right at home.

Plan­ning is one of the keys to suc­cess of any home gar­den and there are numer­ous aspects to con­sider. Here are a few points to keep in mind:
Plan­ning and Fore­thought Bring Suc­cess in the Fruit Gar­den
Is Your Soil right for What you Want to Grow?
Pol­li­na­tion
Grow­ing Fruit Trees in Containers

One of the most fun aspects of plan­ning a home fruit plant­ing is choos­ing what vari­eties you will grow. Much like a wine tast­ing, you can enjoy a fruit vari­ety tast­ing party. Learn all about it from this arti­cle I wrote for The Cooks Cook: How to Choose Apple Vari­eties for the Home Orchard.

Bite in and do share; what are your favorite apple varieties?