Not sure how to put your orchard and garden to bed in the fall? Here’s a good overview of the tasks that we work on completing clean up the orchard in the fall and maintain it during the early winter months. It won’t take you long, but you’ll see improvements with yields and orchard health.
Organic Fruit Growing Info
Whether you have 3 trees or 300, Organic Fruit Growing requires more than changing from conventional sprays to organically certified sprays. In order to grow fruit without poisons, you need to ensure you have the right varieties, the right soil conditions, and holistic healing methods.That’s what we work on sharing with you here. Feel free to reach out to us if you’re struggling with a specific issue in your orchard.
How to Grow Highbush Blueberries in Your Backyard will provide information to help ensure that your investment in blueberry plants and time planting them is protected. Starting them out the right way will give you a leg up on natural blueberry growing. Learn more about how we grow blueberries at Winter Cove Farm.
Comfrey is one of the most beneficial companion plants to be grown in the orchard. If you only add one companion plant to your orchard this year, I would highly recommend comfrey. It will feed your trees, smother weeds, create healthy soil, attract pollinators, and break down your compost quicker.
Pruning peach trees will help maintain good health and grow a strong tree structure to give you peaches for years to come. When it comes to pruning peaches there are a lot of differing opinions. The method we share here is how we have pruned our trees for over 10 years and have had good success, without breakage or tree death, during this time.
Peach leaf curl is apparent when the foliage becomes distorted and reddened and is easily seen on trees during the spring. If not treated, the affected areas turn yellow and progress to a white/gray. This fungus is one of the most common issues that affect peach trees for the backyard orchard. After many trials, we found that there is a fully organic and natural solution! You can spray and treat Peach Leaf Curl during the season, healing your tree, without strong chemicals or waiting for leaf drop.
Since the Chinese starting grafting, thousands of years ago, it has become the prominent way that we propagate fruit trees. When you purchase a named variety fruit tree, it usually has been grafted, especially apples, cherries, pears and plums. Since most plants are cross-pollinated, their seed does not come true to the parent. Just like humans, seed contains genetics from both contributors where you never know exactly which genes are going to be prominent. This
You’ve spent a lot of time and money choosing and purchasing the perfect fruit trees. Planting them correctly will help make sure that they not only live, but they will thrive. These 5 steps are the basics that we use for every fruit tree we plant at Winter Cove Farm.