Young grafts should be treated closer to vegetable starts than to trees. A nursery bed for that first year, at least, is required. Although the tree will require different environmental and nutritional needs than an annual, they do need the … Read more
Do you see many orchards around here choosing to irrigate?
Irrigation of course, can mean a lot of things. What is being asked here I think is whether or not a constructed system is put in place to deliver the … Read more
We shot a few minutes of footage of ants attacking (and eventually killing) a caterpillar many times their size. Ants are problematic in the orchard in many instances, from farming aphids to biting humans. They do occasionally shine, however, as … Read more
I wanted to bring attention to a study we are doing at Walden Heights. In both research and direct observation, there is evidence that crowding of root systems leads to some dwarfing effects. Apples in particular tend to avoid growing … Read more
Freeze damage and the presence of pathogens in the orchard can apparently be linked. George Sundin and Nikki Rothwell at the Michigan State University Extension, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences published at article entitled, “ Bacterial canker, ice … Read more
Here at Walden Heights, we are having trouble with plum trees. The plums in our orchard are relatively young and generally healthy and vigorous. They flower beautifully and are surrounded by pollinators, yet they bear no fruit. As we pruned … Read more
Having used a chipper in the past, I have since retired it. Here’s why:
I don’t need it. Orcharding like many other endeavors, requires a cost-benefit analyses.
1.The unit we could afford, for one, took an awfully long time to … Read more
Cherries are a bit different from some other fruit tree species as regards the method of pruning. To understand why, we need to understand how they grow. Cherries have a habit of producing a large length of unproductive (vegetative) area … Read more
Protein. That one word sums up why most folks trouble themselves to grow the tree nuts. More to come…… Read more
After you are done sulking that you can’t grow a sweet cherry in your frigid and inhospitable locale, take solice in the fact that you can grow one heck of a cherry pie. Those wonderful confections aren’t the product of … Read more
Phytoptus pyri In a nutshell, it is a mite, and it causes blisters. These cause blisters not to humans (unlike the common blister beetles which do) but to the foliage. Damage can include both leaves, especially younger growth, but also … Read more
No demon could ever conjure up a worse fate for the pear grower than that manifested in the fireblight bacterium. Erwinia amylovora. It nearly sounds like the latin words a midieval priest might give such a sordid beast.
Fireblight can … Read more
The Tart Cherry (prunus cerasus)… Read more