Growing Fruit

Growing Peach Trees in the Pacific Northwest: It’s the Pits

Growing Peach Trees in the Pacific Northwest: It’s the Pits

Growing peach trees in the maritime Pacific Northwest is the pits. There I said it, because for thirteen long, relatively futile and fruitless years, I’ve tended almost every known peach-leaf-curl-resistant peach tree variety on the market with negligible results. The first couple of years seemed […]

Ordering Bareroot Trees: What to Expect

Ordering Bareroot Trees: What to Expect

Mail-Order Trees: Who Would Have Thunk? Ordering bareroot trees is to Tom as ordering books is to Oprah. I love trees, especially unusual fruit trees, sometimes forgotten heritage varieties, and other times crazy new crosses that put the best of each parent tree into the traits of […]

Mirabelle Plum: Nature’s Little Gumdrop

Mirabelle Plum: Nature’s Little Gumdrop

I like to try out fruit trees like some folks enjoy trying on shoes. So many fruit trees, so little time, and with each success, failure has likely played its part. As with shoes, you don’t ask a loafer to go hiking, or a sandal to play basketball, nor do […]

Nanaimo Peach Tree: Finally a Homegrown Peach

Nanaimo Peach Tree: Finally a Homegrown Peach

Spend a few minutes on my blog perusing summer posts, and you’ll easily grasp my love of growing and eating fresh fruit, and note my undeniable love of the peach, especially. Well after twelve years of trying to harvest a decent peach on an island better […]

10 Best Apples in My Orchard

10 Best Apples in My Orchard

While my orchard harvests are not ready for prime time availability and farmstand sales, I do like to share my findings in what I think are some of the best apples I grow. And by best apples, I mean, tree varieties that aren’t too fussy […]

Home Orchard: Best Way to Water Trees Slowly

Home Orchard: Best Way to Water Trees Slowly

Summer comes and goes in the Pacific Northwest with nary a drop of rain. It’s Seattle’s best kept secret. Our summers are Miami’s winters. Unfortunately, such a lack of precipitation (while good for picnics) is bad for young fruit trees; they need watering intervention. Newly-planted […]

Perfect Pears for the Home Orchard

Perfect Pears for the Home Orchard

As plots of ground and garden go, orchards hold a special place in my heart. For the gifts of promise, patience and firmly-established roots look no further. The planting of my own orchard has been an episodic tale of discovery and reward. In fact, this year […]

Great Apples for the Home Orchard

Great Apples for the Home Orchard

I’ve been tending to my young orchard for about 8 years now, and I’m eager to share with you some of my favorite apple varieties. Sometimes it takes a tree several years to establish itself and begin to produce fruit, so I’m pretty confident the […]

Clara Frijs: Best Pear You’ve Never Eaten

Clara Frijs: Best Pear You’ve Never Eaten

I’m an equal opportunity fruit eater. Whether the fruit grows on a tree, vine, bush, or wee plant, chances are, I will like it. And one of the joys of having some land and a penchant to plant, is that I can try out uncommon fruit […]

Venus Grape: Goddess of Vitus Love

Venus Grape: Goddess of Vitus Love

In the beauty pageant of fruit, grapes are certainly one of the more comely and congenial contestants. Colorful, sweet and worldly, grapes garner a place in our hearts rarely shared by other members of proper orchard society.  Part rascal, part seductress, my homegrown grapes have me wrapped […]