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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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 […]

An Inch a Week — How Much Water is That Really?

The rule of thumb says estab­lished fruit trees or berry bushes will need an inch of water a week. How do you mea­sure that? More impor­tantly how do you know your plants are get­ting that? Of course, rain­fall is the nat­ural source. Typ­i­cally, ball park fig­ures assume light rain­fall is less than 0.10 inches of rain per […]