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LH 14: Growing and Restoring Fruit Trees

Welcome to Episode #14 of the Living Homegrown Podcast!

This episode is very different from my usual style as I am recording it out in the field…literally!

This week, I take listeners on a tour of our family 1892 farmstead and heirloom orchard.

And you learn tips for getting better fruit production from your own trees – no matter what size garden you have

You learn:

  • The unusual flavors you can find in heirloom fruit trees
  • How newer hybrids are also great for jams/jellies
  • What is a pluot?
  • Why you should design your garden from inside the house
  • What I discovered in a secret garden on the property
  • Why time is your friend when you grow trees
  • What it means to grow holistically
  • 3 tips for growing fruit trees

And there’s a blooper after the closing music…Ha!

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Our 1892 Farmstead – Restoration Project

Peaceful Valley Nursery mail order fruit trees including pluots

Starks Bros Nursery mail order fruit trees 

How to Grow Food in a Drought

Margaret Roachepisode of Growing A Greener World TV (#506)

Michael Phillipsepisode of Growing A Greener World TV (#519)

The Holistic Orchard by Michael Phillips*

The Apple Grower by Michael Phillips*

Storing Apples for Later – with a video on cellaring apples for winter

Homemade Liqueurs

Canned Apple Pie Filling

Clear Jel vs Sure Gel



Click here for the full transcript for Episode #14


For More About This Podcast Series:

Check out podcast Episode 00 to get:

  • The whole scoop on what this podcast series is all about
  • My background, experience & training
  • What to expect going forward

It’s like an audio “about” page for the podcast.

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.