Can you grow an apple tree from a seed?

Can you grow an apple tree from a seed?

This is a very common question in the fruit growing world. The answer is very simple—yes (they’re called seedlings)—but in fact the more interesting question is, will a seedling apple tree bear edible fruit? This is much harder to answer—it’s...
Spring miracles

Spring miracles

Here we are again at the beginning of spring, and the ever-repeating miracle is about to unfold before your very eyes! We spend most of our time being serious business people, but it’s hard not to be excited at this time of year, as well as a little nervous...
How to Provide Frost Shelter for Fruit Trees

How to Provide Frost Shelter for Fruit Trees

We’ve written about frost and fruit trees before and noted the importance of providing shelter for some fruit trees in spring, which is the danger time when a heavy frost can damage flowers, tiny fruit, or even drop-bears. Our resident drop-bear on a freezing...
Choosing the right fruit tree

Choosing the right fruit tree

It’s that time of year again, when our thoughts turn to improving our gardens and our food security by planting some new fruit trees.  Winter is the right time for planting, when the trees are dormant and their roots are inactive, so they’re at less risk...
Before you do soil prep, do this…

Before you do soil prep, do this…

Autumn is an excellent time for soil improvement and preparation before we plant fruit trees in winter. There’s usually enough of a gap between when the harvest of summer fruit has finished (though you may still have apples and pears on the tree), and when...
Planning for productivity

Planning for productivity

Autumn is a great time to review the process for planning your home garden to get maximum productivity over as long a period as possible. We harvest fresh fruit from our orchard for 6 months (from late spring to late autumn), and it’s easy to replicate this at...