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.

Tag Archives: figs

Growing Fruit and Urban Homesteading in the Arizona Desert

Leaf-footed bug on quince

Recently, I had the oppor­tu­nity to explore a world of fruit grow­ing very dif­fer­ent from my usual north­ern Michi­gan venue, while on a trip to Ari­zona. One of the first things I noticed was how ubiq­ui­tous the cit­rus trees were, see­ing at least one in almost every yard. The fra­grant smell of the blos­soms was […]

Four Seasons in the Fruit Garden thru the Lens of a Camera — Spring, part 2

Rhubarb --- The first Edible Harbinger of spring

Spring in the fruit gar­den is still run­ning very far behind here in the north coun­try. At least we are start­ing to see green buds. Cher­ries that are nor­mally in bloom around Mother’s Day finally make a show it for Memo­r­ial Day. Once I felt the last snow was truly behind us and the danger […]

A Compact, Fruitful Garden Plan

Plan for a compact home fruit garden

As promised last post, here is a sketch of a model fruit gar­den that I saw dur­ing a work­shop last sum­mer at the Berk­shire Botan­i­cal Gar­den. This com­pact gar­den could be used or mod­i­fied slightly to fit even the small­est sub­ur­ban lot. I’ve embell­ished the orig­i­nal design with a few addi­tional ideas of my own. […]

Grow Figs Where You Think You Can’t — Book Review

Grow Figs

Book Review   Title: Grow Figs Where You Think You Can’t Author: Steven Biggs Strong points: This lit­tle book is fun, funky, and yet very com­pre­hen­sive in pro­vid­ing essen­tial infor­ma­tion. It does just what it says it will — help you grow figs in cold cli­mates, out­side the nor­mal grow­ing range for figs. (The author is from […]