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Snow is a Good thing and Other Stuff

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Good to see the white stuff in the landscape over the past days. Snow is a natural insulator for young tender perennials and small fruits like strawberries. The wind can howl, the temperatures drop, but under the snow remains around 32 degrees. . If the snow stays with us then they will not be heaved out of the soil by the freezing and thawing that takes place when snow cover is limited. The snow...

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Site Your Home Orchard in the Best Place

Posted by Sarah Fellerer -

The last two weeks have covered several aspects of growing fruit trees in a back yard. This week covers where you place your dwarf fruit tree home orchard. This can make a really big difference in how the fruit tree grows and performs. A major consideration is the soil in the area you are considering for your fruit trees. Fruit trees are no different than other trees or shrubs in your landscape, t...

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Do You Train Your Fruit Trees?

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Just what do experts mean when they ask if you are training your fruit trees?" Home orchardists need to train for tree structure to encourage fruit production to have a productive, high yielding home orchard. The branches need to be positioned to allow good sunlight throughout the canopy to promote fruit production from the interior to the outside of your trees canopy. This will also let lots of a...

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Dwarf Fruit Trees

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

After the Holidays garden catalogs started to arrive and if you are thinking of starting a home orchard, February is not too early to start to plan for a new home orchard or to consider replacements for aging fruit trees in an existing orchard. There are several different kinds of fruit trees to consider, apple, cherry, peach, pear, plum. As we live in northern portion of Illinois, appl...

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