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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Fall Preparation Holds Keys to Successful Spring Fruit Garden

Fall is most often viewed as the sea­son for har­vest­ing the last boun­ti­ful crops from the gar­den. How­ever, many gar­den­ers over­look an even more impor­tant gar­den activ­ity — prepar­ing a new gar­den for next spring. When cre­at­ing a fruit gar­den, home orchard, or other gar­den for that mat­ter, prepa­ra­tion is espe­cially impor­tant. Prepar­ing the gar­den at […]

Winter is coming — Is your Fruit Garden Ready?

First dusting of snow in the strawberries

The arrival of win­ter is inevitable and much as we all love to gar­den, the occa­sional break from plant­ing, bat­tling pests, and har­vest­ing is an impor­tant and wel­come respite. The break is impor­tant for our fruit­ing plants as well. Although it may appear that our plants are doing noth­ing, that’s not really true. Many necessary […]

Revolutionary Gardens — Take-home Lessons

For those who missed the recent Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Gar­dens con­fer­ence in Michi­gan, here are a few lessons I was lucky enough to take home: Com­post is king. It is at the root of all healthy and pro­duc­tive gar­dens. Good records are gold! They’ll help you repeat your suc­cesses and learn from the even greater num­ber of “fail­ures.” “Fail­ures” are […]

Revolutionary Idea, Revolutionary Gardens

Andrea Wulf and Peter Hatch enjoy a relaxing break during the Revolutionary Gardens conference

I just choose to spend 3 of the most gor­geous fall weather days.…..inside. Yes, inside. Why on earth would any gar­dener in their right mind want to do that when we all know these per­fect days of the sea­son are num­bered? It was pos­si­bly a rev­o­lu­tion­ary idea, a Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Gar­dens con­fer­ence to be pre­cise. Our relatively […]

Creating Compost

Pop Quiz: What can pro­vide nutri­ents for your berry bushes, enhance soil mois­ture hold­ing capac­ity and, over time, improve the struc­ture of the soil in your fruit gar­den? Bingo —- organic mat­ter! Organic mat­ter is the foun­da­tion and back­bone for a strong healthy fruit gar­den. Yet many forms of organic mat­ter in their native state are not […]