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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.

1251March 01, 2018 07:47AM

Biodynamic Orcharding

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

312April 09, 2016 08:35PM

Bug by Bug

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

44213March 02, 2018 09:24PM

Ecosystem Connections

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

945February 28, 2018 01:17AM

Fungal Pathogens

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

34181March 17, 2018 12:05PM

Good Fruit Marketing

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

1374February 16, 2018 11:52AM


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

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.

1254March 06, 2018 11:51AM

Healthy Harvest

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

937December 22, 2017 10:33AM

Mammalian Tales

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

1450December 13, 2017 07:58AM

Orchard Systems

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

1471March 07, 2017 05:26PM

Organic Thinning

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

929August 27, 2017 01:57AM


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

536February 06, 2018 10:17AM


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

2483March 08, 2018 10:32AM

Sensible Equipment

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

26130January 18, 2018 04:39PM

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.

49230February 28, 2018 01:34PM

Starting an Orchard

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

1056March 20, 2018 11:16AM

Tree Fruit Nutrition

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

1976March 03, 2018 12:08PM

Understory Management

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

2797March 17, 2018 12:01PM