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Nanaimo Peach Tree: Finally a Homegrown Peach

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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...

10 Best Apples in My Orchard

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While my orchard harvests are not ready for prime time availability and farmstand sales, I do like to share my findings in what I...

Home Orchard: Best Way to Water Trees Slowly

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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....

Perfect Pears for the Home Orchard

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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...

Great Apples for the Home Orchard

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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...

Clara Frijs: Best Pear You’ve Never Eaten

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clara frijs pear
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...

Venus Grape: Goddess of Vitus Love

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In the beauty pageant of fruit, grapes are certainly one of the more comely and congenial contestants. Colorful, sweet and worldly, grapes garner a...

Liquid Fence: Defending Your Garden Against Deer

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Remember the first time the magic of Disney brought us Bambi and his ilk? We never saw the dark side of our little antlered friends...

Orchard Tip: When Ants Attack Fruit Trees

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western thatching ants fruit trees
I've always kept a healthy distance from ants. The notion of strength in numbers is not lost on me. If the Lilliputians could secure...

Video: When Is a Fig Ripe and Ready to Pick?

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Vern's Brown Turkey Fig
When is a fig ripe and ready to pick? For figs, the peak of ripeness is a magic state reached on the tree, not...