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: June drop

Thinning Fruit Off Your Trees —Why?

Mother Nature has built in sur­vival by ensur­ing that fruit trees bear many more blos­soms than are needed for a full crop. How­ever, this cre­ates a catch-22 when more blos­soms grow and develop into more lit­tle fruit than the tree really can sup­port. Just as wisely, nature’s design includes the like­li­hood that not all developing […]

Secrets to Growing Big Fruit

Jumbo apple; a quirk of pollination

If you nos­tal­gi­cally long for the  juicy, tree-ripe fla­vor of peaches, pears, and other fruit, grow­ing them in your home gar­den is the surest path to old-fashioned enjoy­ment. Other home orchardists secretly dream of hav­ing the biggest fruit on the block to share with fam­ily and friends or to dis­play at the county fair. For­tu­nately, this […]