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Over the Fence

Where gardeners come to find out what's happening out in the yard.

Dormant Pruning and Sprays for Apple Fruit Trees

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

The weather is sure messing with our plans for early work in the yard. There are at least a couple of projects that not only can be done, but should be done as soon as possible and at the right stage of growth. Perhaps the more critical project is that of our earliest sprays in the home orchard. The foliage diseases for apples show up by wind with the spores floating along by the many thousand...

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Preventing Vegetable Diseases in the Garden

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Check lists can be useful to be sure projects and tasks get done in a timely fashion. Going down a check list for the garden to lessen disease is just another part of planning what you are going to grow this season. My check list covers 8 points. Not all will apply to every garden and some gardens may need to cover more. Grow disease resistant varieties - one of th...

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Planting the Home Orchard

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Spring is a great time plant fruit trees in the home orchard. Planting now allows the fruit trees to establish a root system this summer. If fruit trees are or have been ordered from catalogs they are most likely going to be bare root with some form of moist packing around the roots to keep them from drying out. Those bare root fruit trees should be kept cool and dormant until you are able plant t...

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