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REVISE On-farm fertility is far more important than many orchardists realize. True soil health has far more to do with biology than mere mineral availability. A 'synthesis of place' occurs when microorganisms, biomass, grazing animals, and plant influences both direct and join in the chorus of the land. The nutrient balance presented to a 'natural apple tree' creates fruit that is tastier. Soil quality ratings go up when fungal compost and woodsy mulches are applied in the orchard regularly. A healthy soil community in turn addresses vexing problems like disease susceptibility. Natural fertility based on healthy soil communities begets everything good that happens above.
Soil Food Web testing that validates understory management choices truly gives us a heads-up on how to achieve long-lasting tree health.
Well-aged, lignin-rich, fungally-dominated . . . please share the specifics that enhance orchard health via your compost pile.
Let’s hear about your trials with foliar calcium and ground calcium sources in curtailing bitter pit and improving fruit quality overall.
Soil health and natural fertility are what enable the apple tree to literally stand up to all comers in its environment. Those of you with 'varietal proof' will go a long way towards convincing others of this core tenet of holistic living.
The basics of ramial woodchip mulching, Swiss Sandwich-style row management, and cover-cropping are described in Apple Grower . . . let’s hear the specifics of your approach.
Any and all studies that point to the nutritional attributes of fruit grown in a living soil need to be posted here.
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