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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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1363September 22, 2018 09:00PM

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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48238October 13, 2018 11:21AM

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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1465June 03, 2018 12:19PM

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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36208October 22, 2018 10:45AM

Good Fruit Marketing

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

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1375May 23, 2018 09:03PM

Grafting

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

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30125March 12, 2018 01:50PM

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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1360July 10, 2018 07:10PM

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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937December 22, 2017 10:33AM

Mammalian Tales

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

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1662October 11, 2018 03:47PM

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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1785August 11, 2018 09:13AM

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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536February 06, 2018 10:17AM

Pruning

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

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2485October 17, 2018 08:24PM

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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32156November 12, 2018 12:44AM

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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57264October 22, 2018 09:10AM

Starting an Orchard

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

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1473June 16, 2018 01:27AM

Tree Fruit Nutrition

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

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2286November 04, 2018 03:33PM

Understory Management

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

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29107October 16, 2018 02:36PM