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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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Arboreal Microbes

Grower forays into competitive colonization, microbe brews, and microbe-mediated foliar nutrition deserve attention. Let this forum be the place to celebrate and explore bacterial and fungal allies up in the tree canopy.

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20114April 30, 2021 02:55AM

Bacterial Opportunists

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

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1994July 02, 2021 03:35PM

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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427April 11, 2021 08:08PM

Bug by Bug

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

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63338September 07, 2021 02:19AM

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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1985June 10, 2021 08:25PM

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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40241August 01, 2021 02:44PM

Good Fruit Marketing

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

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1899August 10, 2021 10:09PM

Grafting

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

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36161May 26, 2021 10:55AM

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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1665July 04, 2021 06:38AM

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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1046December 04, 2019 05:59AM

Mammalian Tales

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

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1672May 27, 2021 08:41AM

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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22112March 24, 2021 04:19AM

Organic Thinning

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

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1359August 06, 2021 12:05PM

Pollination

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

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1155May 01, 2021 04:23PM

Pruning

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

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34124July 12, 2021 03:59PM

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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41219August 24, 2021 06:36AM

Spray Nuance

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

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69320September 15, 2021 01:14AM

Starting an Orchard

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

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18100September 07, 2021 03:57PM

Tree Fruit Nutrition

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

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31125September 15, 2021 12:28AM

Understory Management

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

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36144September 20, 2021 04:34PM