Information to Help You Grow Poison-Free Fruit

How to Prune Peach Trees For Maximum Production

One of the most asked questions when we talk to people about growing fruit trees is how do I prune? And peach tree pruning seems to be the most mysterious to us Northerners. Maybe it’s the fact that we rarely see peaches growing up north, but we all seem at a loss on how to get them to grow and produce well. And few books have true species specific information on what shape works well. When Brian and I started growing peaches, this was our most pressing question. If you’re just starting to consider growing peaches in a cold climate, check out our 4 Secrets to Growing Peaches in Cold Climates tutorial. If you have a peach or are considering buying one, continue reading to see videos and information on best practices for pruning. It is painful to prune. You have to admit that first. Every time you remove a

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Growing Fruit Trees Without Poisons

Growing Fruit In Your Backyard Without Poisons Growing fruit without poison requires a few basics in order to set yourself up for success. First, I’ll go over the basics of a healthy ecosystem and what it looks like. And then we will get to the basics of mimicking nature so that you can maintain your backyard orchard with minimal work and achieve maximum fruit production. Lastly, I’ll give a brief overview on why your soil is the key to your tree health and how to obtain it without a ton of work. What Defines a Healthy Ecosystem? Using the healthy eco-system as our example, it is: Durable and sustainable: Cut & Grow back model Limited monocultures: Staghorn sumac and pine groves Lots of different plant growth at Forest’s Edge: Biodiversity thrives here Reclamation without intervention Does not need us to water or feed it Always in motion, very dynamic activity

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Stop Peach Leaf Curl Naturally

How to Stop Peach Leaf Curl In Its Tracks…..Without Using Poisons! The quick answer: use a concentrated garlic oil product like this: Garlic Barrier 2002 AG+ Liquid Spray, 1 Gallon If you’d like to understand why this works and how to accomplish this, read on… Peach leaf curl is a persistent fungal disease caused by Taphrina deformans and affects blossoms, fruit, leaves, and shoots of peaches as well as nectarines, apricots, and almonds. 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 as the spores areThis fungus is one of the most common issues that affect peach trees for the backyard orchard and can reduce fruit production if not handled. If you do not handle this fungal issue, your tree can suffer irreparable damage. After suffering through years without treatment, it may actually die. A

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What Is Grafting and Why Is It Important?

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 is great for genetic variety, but not so great when you want to have an edible fruit. This is why grafting is important, it allows us to know exactly what fruit will be produced. What is grafting? Grafting is the act of taking a bud or stick (scion) from a known variety of fruit and joining it with another tree, usually called a rootstock.  There are many ways to graft, whether by bud insertion or

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5 Easy Steps To Planting Bare Root Trees For Success

Unpack your trees from your box, removing all packing materials. Carefully untangle the roots and rinse off shavings. Soaks the roots in water, using a bucket or wheelbarrow to fully contain the roots, for at least 3 hours and up to 24 hours. Do NOT allow the tree roots to dry out. Remove all the sod in the area where you plan to dig. Dig a hole big enough to hold the full root ball when it’s fully spread out. This should be at least 3 feet in diameter for a tree. Loosen all the soil in the hole to ensure the tree is able to grow feed roots easily. Your hole should be one foot wider and one inch deeper than the roots. Look for the grafting line on the tree. Ensure that the graft is 3 to 6 inches above the soil. Fill the hole half way with

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4 Secrets to Growing Peaches in Cold Climates

To Be Successful, There Are A Few Important Things… There are a few secrets one must know in order to grow growing peaches and other tender fruits in the colder zones of the US.  While we pick the hardier varieties of peaches, such as Veteran and Reliance, we do grow more tender versions of them, as well, and we need to modify the standard plant, fertilize and prune practices of most orchards. We have apricots, sweet cherries and European plums that all fall into the “tender” categories; however, the largest number of these are our peaches.  We are collecting peach pits from local peaches and planting them out to find even hardier varieties that work well in Zones 4 and 5.   But even those will need to be handled differently from your standard, cold hardy apple tree. It’s Not Just The Cold… What we’ve found is that hardiness is more

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