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: strawberries

Strawberries—What Type is Right for Your Garden?

Ripe strawberries are usually ready for picking in June

Who doesn’t love a juicy, red, ripe straw­berry? Most gar­den­ers wel­come their con­cen­trated har­vest that comes fast and furi­ous in June (or a bit ear­lier in some of the warmest south­ern states) but lament how fast it is over; here for Father’s Day, gone by Fourth of July. Did you know you can eat your strawberries […]

Freezing the Berry Harvest in Six Quick, Easy Steps

picking ripe strawberries

Well, it’s nor­mally sup­posed to be near­ing the start of cherry har­vest here in the “Cherry Capi­tol of the World” but due to the extended win­ter we are just get­ting into the thick of straw­berry pick­ing. My apolo­gies for being slightly late with this week’s post, but the straw­ber­ries are com­ing on like gang-busters—big, beautiful, […]

A Compact, Fruitful Garden Plan

Plan for a compact home fruit garden

As promised last post, here is a sketch of a model fruit gar­den that I saw dur­ing a work­shop last sum­mer at the Berk­shire Botan­i­cal Gar­den. This com­pact gar­den could be used or mod­i­fied slightly to fit even the small­est sub­ur­ban lot. I’ve embell­ished the orig­i­nal design with a few addi­tional ideas of my own. […]