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.

Four Seasons in the Fruit Garden thru the Lens of a Camera — Winter, Part 2

Wisconsin-shaped hole in the snow cover

Punxsa­tauney Phil has retreated to his den to await 6 more weeks of winter

I didn’t want my New Year’s res­o­lu­tion to become so short-lived that it didn’t even make it through Feb­ru­ary. It was hard though. Our weather was bru­tal and not at all  moti­vat­ing to get out in. I did give it a lit­tle try though.

This col­lapsed snow drift on the com­post pile reminded me of Wis­con­sin. I won­dered if it was inhab­ited by “he who pre­dicts the con­tin­u­ance of win­ter.” The hand-writing was on the wall for the ground­hog with this view.







Five foot snow banks and still coming

And just to prove it, step out of my front door and enjoy the view.…’s beau­ti­ful at times, but that barely-visible, top fence rail is 5 feet high. Word in the local paper is our county leads the state of Michi­gan in snow­fall; even ahead of the Keewe­naw, prover­bial snow cap­i­tal of Michigan’s upper penin­sula. Spring is no where in sight right now.



more snow

More snow.…..

Just for kicks, from inside my kitchen, a view out the back.


winter pear tree

Win­ter pear tree with limb spreader in place

And for the purist in me that says this should be about fruit. My mea­ger attempt this month.

Hun­ker down, that rodent was right. There will be at least 6 more weeks of win­ter.…. or was that 6 more months?


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