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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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Bacterial Opportunists

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

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1574May 17, 2019 10:58AM

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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314March 09, 2019 04:52PM

Bug by Bug

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

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51263July 03, 2019 07:45PM

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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1466March 10, 2019 02:43PM

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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37210March 23, 2019 01:53AM

Good Fruit Marketing

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

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1375May 23, 2018 09:03PM

Grafting

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

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34142June 17, 2019 10:26AM

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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1564July 08, 2019 05:33PM

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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937December 22, 2017 10:33AM

Mammalian Tales

Critter solutions from voles and crows to deer and yes, even beavers!

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1665May 12, 2019 06:29AM

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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1786March 19, 2019 09:12PM

Organic Thinning

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

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1032April 19, 2019 05:06PM

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 10:49AM

Pruning

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

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28101March 30, 2019 12:30AM

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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35184May 10, 2019 06:19PM

Spray Nuance

Calcium uptake, herbal fermentation, liquid fish, pure neem oil, effective microbes, compost tea, pest options, the mineral fungicides ... from timing and tank mixing to sourcing spray materials and evaluating effectiveness.

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62307June 30, 2019 08:27PM

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 11:13AM

Tree Fruit Nutrition

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

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2597March 15, 2019 09:59PM

Understory Management

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

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30112July 07, 2019 04:23PM