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Summer Time Orchard Maintenance Primer

So, it’s flaming hot in July and your orchard seems to be humming along just fine.  It’s too hot to do anything, and nothing needs done out there anyway, right?  Well, it’s not quite that simple if you want optimum results.  What needs...

Autumn Planting Success!

Most authorities on trees agree that autumn is the best time to plant trees, with early spring being also an excellent time.  However, autumn affords a few advantages.  The dormant trees experience no stress with planting, and many, such as apple and pears,...

Oh Deer! Deer Protection 101

I always have to educate a few people each season on the unfortunate reality that in most parts of the USA, deer will absolutely devastate fruit tree plantings unless: 1) You live in a totally urban location with zero deer population. 2) Your region is a desert or...

The Myth of the “Instant Orchard”

From time to time I get questions regarding people looking for “instant orchard” trees. What’s the real deal with “instant orchard” fruit trees? First, ask yourself, does anything worth investing in ever come instantly? Here’s how...
JAPANESE BEETLE ATTACK

JAPANESE BEETLE ATTACK

I’ve gotten some questions lately about the “shiny, black-green beetles on my trees, just tearing them up!”.  Yes, indeed mid June-late August is Japanese beetle season, and they are surely a pain.  The reason is, they are voracious predators of...
Food Forest Class on Youtube!

Food Forest Class on Youtube!

Hey folks!  Please enjoy these free educational videos we made recently!  It was EXTREMELY WINDY on site, so the audio is not great…  But I think you’ll learn something new.  – Blake
CHOOSING APPLE ROOTSTOCKS

CHOOSING APPLE ROOTSTOCKS

When you want to plant some apple trees, you need to know 2 basic details:  What cultivar/variety and what rootstock.  Any reputable nursery will give full information on both of these aspects of the tree you are looking for.  The rootstock is a...
Unusual Fruits for the Organic Grower

Unusual Fruits for the Organic Grower

More and more of our clients are looking for fruits to grow organically, and for good reason.  Who wants to spray poisonous chemicals on their food?  I know we certainly do not. However, what many have found out the hard and expensive way, is, many types of...
Paw Paw Season is here!

Paw Paw Season is here!

With our early spring weather this year, pawpaws and other fruit are a tad earlier.  Usually most pawpaws are just starting to ripen now in KY, but this year we’re already at the peak.  And boy, is the quality GOOD this year!  Wow.  If you’re curious about...