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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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37181March 24, 2017 09:30PM

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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938February 03, 2017 08:30AM

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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26136March 24, 2017 07:22PM

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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24105March 15, 2017 04:09PM

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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1241February 07, 2017 02:59PM

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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831October 18, 2016 03:14PM

Mammalian Tales

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

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1344November 04, 2016 10:56AM

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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513March 23, 2017 11:13AM

Pollination

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

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322June 28, 2016 05:57AM

Pruning

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

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1969June 30, 2016 10:23AM

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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2096March 14, 2017 08:56AM

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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34162March 17, 2017 03:20PM

Starting an Orchard

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

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952January 19, 2017 06:54AM

Tree Fruit Nutrition

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

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1462January 28, 2016 03:38PM

Understory Management

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

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2584March 24, 2017 06:33PM