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Holistic Orcharding: Fruitful and Deer-full

I’m excited to report that we may finally be able to enjoy Rosslyn peaches, nectarines, and even a few pears and apples this summer. For the first time since we began planting an orchard, several trees have matured enough to … Continue reading

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Holistic Orcharding: Michael Phillips

For several years I’ve been absorbing holistic orcharding and gardening wisdom from Michael Phillips. I no longer recall how I came across the pied piper of organic, non-toxic fruit tree propagation, but it’s quite possible that my first introduction was an … Continue reading

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How to Use Tanglefoot (And Why Fruit Trees Need It)

It’s time for a follow-up to my Organic Orcharding post, specifically a look at using Tanglefoot as a non-toxic pest inhibitor in a holistic fruit tree orchard. (You may also want to check out my post, “How to Apply Tanglefoot to … Continue reading

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Organic Orcharding

For the last few years I’ve made brazen claims about holistic, organic gardening and orcharding. No pesticides. No way; no how. Period. No exceptions. I’ve refused to spray our fruit trees to inoculate them against all of the baddies that lurk in an orchard’s tender … Continue reading

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Snakes, Swiss Chard & Automobiles

A week ago today was a day for snakes. Though – sadly, I must add – it was not a day for living snakes… Rattlesnakes and White Tail Deer Let’s start with the good news. Or at least the benign-if-slightly-amusing … Continue reading

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Plum Premature Fruit Drop

For weeks I’ve been anticipating our first crop of plums. A small crop, but proof that the last few years nurturing our plum trees to health despite hail storms and severe Adirondack winters, Japanese beetles and a zero pesticide regimen … Continue reading

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Cedar-Apple Rust Facts

Over the last two weeks I’ve observed two young Pixie Crunch apple trees in our orchard succumbing to cedar-apple rust. Or so I suspect. (Rosslyn Redux) So what do you think? Cedar-apple rust? Something else? Although I dread admitting it, … Continue reading

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Cedar-Apple Rust on Pixie Crunch Apple Trees

Over the last two weeks I’ve observed two young Pixie Crunch apple trees in our orchard succumbing to cedar-apple rust. Or so I suspect. I’m no plant pathology expert. And I’m an eager but admittedly amateur pomologist. So my hypothesis … Continue reading

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Orchard Rumination

Lately I’ve been reflecting on all the trees I wish I’d planted in the fall of 2006 and the spring of 2007. We’ve been adding new trees for a year now — a half dozen or so each spring and … Continue reading

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Orchard Update: Apricots & Peaches

An early and mostly temperate spring has given us a jump start in Rosslyn’s gardens and meadows. The new orchard behind the carriage barn, already planted with plum trees and pear trees, has almost doubled in size over the last … Continue reading

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