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: Rodent damage

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

spring crocus

Spring is try­ing soooo hard to arrive, but win­ter is hold­ing a very firm grip this year.                   It’s been so cold and gray that I have found it hard to even try to take a few pho­tos. What I have been able to cap­ture is has hardly […]

Four Seasons in the Fruit Garden thru the Lens of a Camera — Winter, Part 3

black cat

March is gone, spring is sup­posed to have sprung. Where is it? The ground hog lied! Six weeks is up and we still have win­ter. Two days ago it was a beau­ti­ful sunny zero degrees. So what do we have from fruit gar­den photo-land this month? The rasp­ber­ries are still well pro­tected, under almost 3 feet of snow. […]

Mayhem in the Fruit Garden — Rodent Feeding and Winter Damage

White bud stage of apricots

As spring tries to arrive, it is time to assess the con­di­tion of our fruit gar­dens. In many parts of the Mid­west and East Coast, win­ter con­tin­ues to try to hold us and our fruit gar­dens hostage. Snow and sleet con­tinue to make what, we all hope, is the last appear­ance. Bit­ter cold does a […]