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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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19106December 16, 2020 07:46PM

Bacterial Opportunists

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

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1679June 01, 2020 07:36PM

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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422January 21, 2021 01:39AM

Bug by Bug

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

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55309October 26, 2020 10:42PM

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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1674August 02, 2020 12:36AM

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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39230June 20, 2020 01:09PM

Good Fruit Marketing

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

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1894January 15, 2021 12:00AM

Grafting

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

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35152September 21, 2020 02:17PM

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, 2020 08:31PM

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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1671December 15, 2020 07:51PM

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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21105September 29, 2020 04:13AM

Organic Thinning

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

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1136June 22, 2020 08:27PM

Pollination

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

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743June 05, 2019 05:49PM

Pruning

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

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29104January 16, 2021 04:02AM

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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38199January 16, 2021 04:55AM

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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59268January 15, 2021 09:39PM

Starting an Orchard

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

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1576January 26, 2019 07:13PM

Tree Fruit Nutrition

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

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27110June 18, 2020 04:35PM

Understory Management

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

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34133January 15, 2021 09:55PM