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.
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.
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. Learning the 4 Secrets to Growing Peaches in Cold Climates will help ensure that your investment and time in peach trees is protected. We’ve spent years trialing what works to keep peach trees alive and healthy so you don’t have to.
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.
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.
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