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.

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Do you need a quick story to meet your dead­line or some short easy tips to add punch to a basic arti­cle? Let this cross-section of home fruit grow­ing top­ics come to your res­cue! All of the fol­low­ing down­load­able PDFs that are avail­able for your use, free of charge, pro­vided they are accom­pa­nied with their attached credit line. Word count is found in parenthesis.

Your Edi­ble Land­scape
Edi­ble Land­scape (500 words) —Learn the many ways a fruit gar­den can be a beau­ti­ful, unique land­scape while pro­vid­ing a sweet har­vest
Fall Prepa­ra­tion: Secret to a Suc­ces­ful Spring Fruit Gar­den (700 words) — Tips on how prepar­ing in the fall can jump-start your spring fruit gar­den plant­ing
Fruit Gar­den Escape (180 words) — Find respite in the peace of the fruit gar­den
Deal­ing with Wildlife Pests (570 words) — The other fruit gar­den pests and what to do about them.
Proac­tive Pest Con­trol (615 words) — Non-chemical steps gar­den­ers can take to pro­tect tree fruit and berries from insects and dis­eases.
Plant Sources (585 words) — Suc­cess in the hunt for a fruit tree that suits your needs. Includes offer for free nurs­ery list.

Fruit Trees
June Drop (205 words) — What is this phe­nom­e­non that catches novice tree fruit grow­ers off guard? Could be a good side bar to  a longer fruit grow­ing arti­cle.
Thin­ning Young Fruit (363 words) — What is this phe­nom­e­non that catches novice tree fruit grow­ers off guard? Could make a good side bar. plus June Drop side bar
Prun­ing Tips (465 words) — Tips for mak­ing this impor­tant activ­ity easy and fast.
When to Prune (613 words) — Tim­ing your prun­ing to achieve the results you desire; reju­ve­na­tion, size con­tain­ment, eas­ier tree man­age­ment, and more reli­able bear­ing.
Har­vest Tips for Tree Fruit (335) — Prop­erly pick and store the boun­ti­ful har­vest from your fruit trees.

Berries, Bram­bles, and Vine Fruit
Per­fect Edi­ble Land­scape (445 words)
Berry Har­vest Hints (425 words) — Enjoy the best from your berry bushes have to offer.

Gar­den­ing with Chil­dren
Kids in the Berry Patch — The Per­fect Match
(510 words) — Fun healthy ways to get kids out­doors and learn­ing about nature.
Fam­ily Tree (400) — Bring the fam­ily together by com­mem­o­rat­ing impor­tant mile­stones as you grow a mini orchard at the same time.