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: Southwest injury

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 […]

Winter is coming — Is your Fruit Garden Ready?

First dusting of snow in the strawberries

The arrival of win­ter is inevitable and much as we all love to gar­den, the occa­sional break from plant­ing, bat­tling pests, and har­vest­ing is an impor­tant and wel­come respite. The break is impor­tant for our fruit­ing plants as well. Although it may appear that our plants are doing noth­ing, that’s not really true. Many necessary […]

Proactive Protection from Southwest Injury

While we north­ern fruit gar­den­ers enjoy these beau­ti­ful Indian Sum­mer days, we hate to think of the impend­ing win­ter. Yet this is the per­fect time to take a proac­tive approach to pro­tect­ing our fruit trees from win­ter dam­age. Now, while the weather is still warm is the ideal time to  paint the trunks of young […]