January 26, 2012
Richard Hentschel discusses why proper placement of you fruit trees in the home landscape is so important for the long term success of the home orchard. Fruit trees need all day sun and a soil that drains well. Air drainage is critical to avoid late spring frosts that kill the flower buds. Winter protection is important for the first year or two as well.
January 19, 2012
Richard Hentschel discusses the merits of training your apple trees starting the year you plant your home orchard. Early training will be rewarded by earlier fruit production and ease of insect and disease management in future years. Without proper training your fruit trees always are much larger than you want and are later to begin to set fruit.
January 12, 2012
Richard Hentschel discusses the most popular fruit tree grown in Northern Illinois and relates the differences between regular, spur type, double dwarf and dwarfing rootstocks for apples for the home orchard. Which size you grow should be determined by how much space you have in your yard. Not all apple fruit trees are available in dwarf sizes.
January 5, 2012
Richard Hentschel discusses early winter pantry pests. Often these insects show up in late February through March. Sanitation is the best defense in preventing this pest.