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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The Tree of 40 Fruits

When it comes to graft­ing fruit trees, most of us would be hard pressed to top Sam Van Aken. How­ever, in urban areas around the United States, small bands of intre­pid grafters give it a clan­des­tine try. Not only does Van Aken  seek to cre­ate a fas­ci­nat­ing tree of great beauty, his unique cre­ation could […]

What Makes Spotted Wing Drosophila Such a Problem?

Bait traps for spotted wing drosophila are an easy, cheap DIY project.

Spot­ted wing drosophila (SWD) (Drosophila suzukii) made its first appear­ance in orchards and fruit plant­i­ngs in the con­ti­nen­tal United States in 2008. Observed early-on in Cal­i­for­nia, it was  soon also noted as a prob­lem in the Car­oli­nas, Florida, Michi­gan, Utah, Wis­con­sin, and Ver­mont; and con­tin­ues to spread. Most fruit flies that infest soft fruit do so […]