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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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 […]

Prognostications from Punxsutawney Phil & Why 6 More Weeks of Winter is Good

Wisconsin-shaped hole in the snow cover

It’s the day after groud­hog day and the great prog­nos­ti­ca­tor of spring’s arrival has “spo­ken.” We are in for 6 more weeks of win­ter.…… Yes,  I can hear your col­lec­tive groan of res­ig­na­tion and dread, but really, for the fruit gar­den this is a good thing. Here are a reason-a-week, and some sug­gested gar­den activities […]