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: soil pH

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 […]

Soil Testing

Before apply­ing nutri­ents to your plant­ing site it is wise to know what nutri­ents are already present and avail­able in your soil. By test­ing the soil you can avoid spend­ing money on unneeded or incor­rect fer­til­iz­ers. Also, by avoid­ing over-application, you avoid min­eral leach­ing that con­tributes to ground water pol­lu­tion Soil test­ing is quite sim­ple. Samples […]

Fruit Gardening — Is Your Soil Right for it?

Once you have made an assess­ment of the cli­matic con­di­tions your fruit trees and bushes may encounter in your loca­tion, another vital fac­tor to con­sider is the soil. Sev­eral char­ac­ter­is­tics of  your soil will have an influ­ence on the pro­duc­tive capac­ity of your fruit gar­den. They include soil type or tex­ture and pH: Tex­ture First, a […]