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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® and is 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 teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.


  • Renee says:

    Teresa, I recently found your podcast and I am thoroughly enjoying them! You encourage me to try things I’ve been longing to do such as raising a few chickens and trying my hand at fruit trees.. Thank you!

  • Vinnie DeVore says:

    I wanted to watch your podcast LH 14, but there was only a still picture, and it sounded like I should be watching a moving video. What do I need to do to see it?

    • theresa says:

      Hi Vinnie- It is just an audio recording. (No video) It is like a radio show – just for listening. If you click on the button above (within the big red box that says “With Theresa Loe, Growing And Restoring Heirloom Fruit Trees”), the audio will play for you.

  • Bill L'Hommedieu says:

    My condolences on the loss of your father, he sounds like a fantastic man!

  • Sandy says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. I lost my dad when he was 80 . He was a farmer & we had supper & he went back to the hoe some weeds in veggie garden & went to bed & never woke up. When I’m walking the farm I expect to see him driving up on the tractor. Your dad will always be in your heart .

  • Donna Lane says:

    My condolences to you. I lost my dad on my 31st birthday. It was also the day we always spent together doing inventory for his business as I was growing up. Nearly 40 years later, it is still bitter-sweet celebration. May all the beautiful memories you have of your dad carry you through the difficult days ahead. Thank you for sharing with us.

    • theresa says:

      Oh Donna – I’m sorry that your birthday has that bitter sweet connection. But I am glad that you had a wonderful father who you were close to. Thank you for the note. I appreciate it.

  • lou desena says:

    “sorry for your loss”-

  • Bonnie says:

    So sad for your loss- I lost my dad a year ago–and still miss him terribly! Hugs and love to you and your family!

  • Carol says:

    I am so sorry. He sounds like a man who knew how to live life to its fullest. A wonderful role model for us all.

  • Rue Thais-Williams says:

    A special bond with a father, is so very special. You shared something sacred. Forever in your heart.

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