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Recent Articles

January 13, 2022
Growing Blueberries

If blueberries are native plants in North America, why are they so hard to grow? Learn the secrets of growing blueberries in this interview and podcast.

January 7, 2022
How to Prune Old Apple Trees to Produce Better Fruit

Learn how to prune old apple trees.Pruning these old fruit trees will result in better quality fruit and habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife.

January 3, 2022
The Simple Art of Grafting Fruit Trees: A Complete Guide

If you want a fruit tree that produces fruit you'll love, you'll probably buy a grafted fruit tree or you will graft a tree yourself. Learn the science behind grafting in this article.

Planting and Young Fruit Tree Care

January 3, 2022
The Simple Art of Grafting Fruit Trees: A Complete Guide

If you want a fruit tree that produces fruit you'll love, you'll probably buy a grafted fruit tree or you will graft a tree yourself. Learn the science behind grafting in this article.

November 24, 2021
Preparing Fruit Trees for Winter and Preventing Winter Damage

Wondering how to prepare your fruit trees for winter? Find out in this blog and in our free eBook.

November 4, 2021
Download our USA/Canada Fruit Tree Nursery Guide

Thinking of planting a fruit tree? Be sure to order your tree from a specialist fruit tree nursery. Download our free fruit tree nursery resource list in this article.

Fruit Tree Pruning

January 7, 2022
How to Prune Old Apple Trees to Produce Better Fruit

Learn how to prune old apple trees.Pruning these old fruit trees will result in better quality fruit and habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife.

August 4, 2021
When to prune fruit trees

Wondering when to prune fruit trees? In this blog, we explore which trees benefit most from winter pruning and when summer pruning is best.

May 14, 2021
Why buy a young whip if there are large fruit trees for sale?

Should you pay more for a larger fruit tree to plant in your garden? Will that lead to a healthier tree and bigger harvest? It may not...read this article to learn why.

Fruit Tree Soil and Fertility Management

December 13, 2021
Best Garden Helpers Ever: Bacteria in Soil (and Other Microbes)

Do fruit trees need probiotics? Learn about the development of bio-fertilizers in this blog.

June 30, 2021
Power in a Bottle: How to Energize Fruit Trees with Homemade Foliar Sprays

Homemade foliar sprays are a great way to help fruit trees fulfil their potential. Learn how to make them and use them in this article, video and podcast.

June 7, 2021
The Ultimate Guide to Fruit Tree Mulch

Mulch can help fruit trees in a variety of ways. Learn more in this ultimate guide to fruit tree mulches.

PolyCulture Orchard Design

January 13, 2022
Growing Blueberries

If blueberries are native plants in North America, why are they so hard to grow? Learn the secrets of growing blueberries in this interview and podcast.

December 22, 2021
Bringing the Tropics Home: How to Grow a Lemon Tree Indoors

If you live in a cold climate, growing a lemon tree indoors is still possible. Learn how in this article.

December 21, 2021
How Does Climate Change Affect Fruit Trees?

How will climate change affect fruit trees, orchards, and permaculture gardens? Find out in this interview with Cornell University's Greg Peck, Ph.D.

Fruit Tree PESTS AND DISEASE

December 19, 2021
Fighting Fruit Tree Pests with Beneficial Bugs

Learn how beneficial bugs can help you combat fruit tree pests in your orchard.

November 1, 2021
Bug-Busting Orchard Sox Experiment

Comparing bug-busting Ochard Sox, sandwich bags, and gift bags...which offer better protection for apple trees against insect pests?

October 20, 2021
Learn to Read Tree Leaves to Prevent Tree Health Problems

Tree leaves can indicate nutritional deficiencies, as well as pest and disease problems. Learn how to understand what tree leaves are saying.

Enjoying the harvest

November 28, 2021
Heirloom Fruit Recipes

What should you do with heirloom fruit? Learn to make heirloom fruit recipes with a grower, a historic cook and a culinary historian.

November 28, 2021
Historic Fruit Recipe: Mother Eve's Apple Currant Recipe

This apple current recipe stems back to the 1820s where it was served as a pudding on tables in Regency England.

November 28, 2021
Historic Fruit Recipe: Spiced Pear Pie

This spiced pear pie was first written up in a cookbook in England in the 1500s and it still tastes great today.

trees in our communities

August 3, 2021
Are orchard parks a good idea? The pros and cons of planting fruit trees in public spaces.

The debate is raging from Toronto, Canada to Basel, Switzerland - should we plant fruit trees and community orchards in public parks? Fans of urban agriculture say yes, but city authorities don't always agree.

March 22, 2021
Community Orchard Projects that Inspire

Learn about some of the top community orchard projects that are blooming across North America.

June 11, 2017
When it comes to fruit tree skills, practice makes perfect!

When it comes to fruit tree care skills, practice makes perfect. That's what the interns have discovered who are involved in the the fruit tree care internship project at San Romanoway in Toronto's Jane and Finch area.

Orchard Tourism

July 15, 2021
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello: The Roots of American Pomology

At Monticello, explore the historic home and orchards of one of America's first pomologists - Thomas Jefferson!

February 20, 2018
What is Wassailing? An excuse for hot cider, dancing and fun!

Wassailing is an ancient English tradition, stemming back to pagan times, in which the community encourages a great apple harvest by singing and dancing in their apple orchards. See wassailing in action in this video blog post!

July 25, 2016
Apple Tasting at the Salt Spring Island Apple Festival

Taste hundreds of apple cultivars at the Salt Spring Island Apple Festival in October.

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