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.

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Rodents — Pests of the Winter Fruit Garden

Vole - winter nemisis of fruit tree trunks and roots

Worms, wee­vils, rots, and molds are typ­i­cally the first “evils” that come to mind when talk­ing about pest prob­lems in the fruit gar­den. Many gar­den­ers, how­ever, real­ize that wildlife pests can be just as  prob­lem­atic. Voles, mice, rab­bits and deer keep fruit gar­den­ers on their toes dur­ing the win­ter sea­son. You can out­wit them though. […]

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 […]