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5 Holistic Pruning Steps to Restoring Old Fruit Trees

Winter Pruning of Fruit Trees

My family is restoring an 1892 Farmstead in Northern CA. I’m in charge of the heirloom orchard and garden renovation. Other family members are in charge of restoring the farmhouse and outbuildings. You can read more about the project HERE.

Restoring an heirloom orchard

“Caring for the orchard is about what we can give these old friends, so that they in turn can offer us the bounty of many fruitful years.”

~Michael Phillips “The Apple Grower”

Learning a New Approach to Orcharding:

This past month has been a bustle of activities, as we had to winter prune the 60+ fruit trees at the farmstead. This farmstead land has always been cultivated organically and of course I am keeping it that way. But I am also learning a new (to me) approach to orcharding and I thought I would share some of it with you in this post.

I’ll also share how we are working to restore some very old, neglected fruit trees as part of this holistic approach. If you have a fruit tree that needs a little bit of TLC pruning, it should help you as well.

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The Lost Ladybug Project

Over the past twenty years, several native ladybug species have been declining in numbers. This new development is being taken very seriously by the scientists at Cornell University and...

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The Thrifty Gardener

I received quite a few responses to the post on Michelle Yeaton’s Garage Sale Garden. Within hours of the post, I was receiving emails and twitters asking for more...

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A Garage Sale Garden

My friend Michelle Yeaton planted some vintage stone urns with holiday colors and placed them on her front porch. They looked fabulous. I asked her if I could photograph...

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Give That Bulb A Martini!

Yesterday’s post was all about forcing bulbs — specifically paperwhites. But the most common problem with forcing paperwhites is that they sometimes grow too quickly and flop over. Here...

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Forcing Paperwhites & Other Bulbs

 The other day, I was talking to my two young sons about seasonal family traditions. As we went down the list of things our family does each season (many...

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MORE on Backyard Farmers

Well, there are apparently MANY people successfully managing companies like MyFarm. (See my post from yesterday on how this company sets up and maintains urban farms in people's backyards)....

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News Update on “MyFarm” Urban Garden Business

Here is an update on yesterday's post on MyFarm. After I posted, I discovered that the MyFarm website had links to other articles on their business: USA TodayThe New...

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Bulb Season in Warm Climates

It is bulb season around here! Time to plant our spring-flowering bulbs. For gardeners in Southern California (and other warm winter areas), it also means making room in your...

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