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Open this folder to find topics covering the gamut of orchard management. Posts here can be logically placed within the category index, just one click away. The ongoing nature of this approach allows growers to keep a knowledge-based conversation going, year after year after year.  
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Bacterial Opportunists

Fire blight and the rest: sanitation, competitive canopy environment, varietal resistance, useful medicines.

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1249February 28, 2017 07:29AM

Biodynamic Orcharding

Rudolf Steiner suggested the core precepts that became biodynamic agriculture. Zero in on how you apply these principles to healthy orcharding.

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312April 09, 2016 08:35PM

Bug by Bug

Orchard insect pests: biology, points of vulnerability, trap thresholds, spray specifics, natural predators, ecosystem balance.

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42207September 11, 2017 02:12AM

Ecosystem Connections

Beneficial relationships between the insect realm, understory plants, and the orchard fertility loop. PERMACULTURE design principles take root here.

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940July 22, 2017 03:22PM

Fungal Pathogens

The whole gamut of fungal disease concerns, from disease specifics to old school organics (mineral fungicides) to biological innovation.

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31160September 10, 2017 08:39PM

Good Fruit Marketing

Share about fruit pricing strategies, sensible grading, marketing outlets, value-added products, labeling tips, and customer satisfaction.

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1272March 13, 2017 11:28AM

Grafting

Tips on starting fruit trees along with discussion of longevity factors, vascular flow, and more.

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29120August 14, 2017 11:59AM

Grower Research

We understand that allopathic spray medicines of whatever persuasion make up for specific biological and nutritional deficiencies in the orchard. Ergo, investing in soil health, foliar health, diverse biology, and plant allies makes all the sense in the world for growing healthy fruit. Here's where we prove it.

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1243April 07, 2017 07:13AM

Healthy Harvest

Insights for bringing in all those bushels of fruit, storage options, grading efficiency, and making the best use of help.

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833September 14, 2017 02:06AM

Mammalian Tales

Critter solutions from voles and crows to deer and yes, even beavers!

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1449August 07, 2017 11:11AM

Orchard Systems

Get on the ol' rootstock bandwagon! Along with talk of trellis systems, in-row management, tree spacing, and interplanting.

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1471March 07, 2017 05:26PM

Organic Thinning

Techniques, observations, and frustrations related to fruit crop loading, return bloom, and biennial bearing.

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929August 27, 2017 01:57AM

Pollination

Being about the ways of bees, native pollinators, weather challenges, attractant sprays, frost protection, and blossom viability

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427May 12, 2017 01:04AM

Pruning

Do we dare open up this Pandora's Box of orcharding technique? You betcha!

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2172July 20, 2017 01:26AM

Sensible Equipment

Ask other growers about sprayers, mowers, scythes, pruning tools, tractors, row-mulchers, wood chippers, cider presses, fermenting vats, and more.

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24122September 11, 2017 06:41PM

Spray Nuance

Calcium uptake, herbal fermentation, liquid fish, pure neem oil, effective microbes, compost tea, pest options, the mineral fungicides ... from timing and tank mixing to sourcing spray materials and evaluating effectiveness.

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47218September 17, 2017 01:16PM

Starting an Orchard

Biological insights for prepping ground, cover crops, recommended soil amendments, and establishing fungal dominance in the soil

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954June 21, 2017 04:22PM

Tree Fruit Nutrition

Soil test interpretation, organic amendments, orchard compost, cation balance, micronutrients, fertigation ... all for growing "nutrient dense" fruit.

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1665September 11, 2017 09:02AM

Understory Management

Forest edge ecology, mulch options, irrigation, mycorrhizal consciousness, tree root cycles, the great grass debate, and more!

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2694September 11, 2017 08:06PM