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Growing Fruit

Orcas Pear: My One and Only

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Orcas Pear
Orcas Pear: blush in a basket I just picked my first (and only) Orcas pear from the three-year-old tree in my orchard. (Just wait until...

How to Prune Raspberries: Instructions, Photos, and a Video

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Fallgold raspberry: a sachet of sweet and delectable perfume. Behold, the raspberry, the gold standard by which I judge other berries whether planted in my...

Pruning Fuzzy Kiwi: Taming a Wild Beast

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Little does Boz realize that as he stands (make that sits) watch... ...a fuzzy kiwi vine kidnaps the napper.  (Later, Boz drags me out in...

How Do I Like Them Apples? (Pomologically Speaking)

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pair of honeycrisp apples
Great Apple Trees for Western Washington (Seattle). While my pear and peach trees have forsaken me, my apple trees continue to bloom with promise....

Avalon Pride: Sweet Peach With a Nice Nose

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peach with a nose
Peach fuzz and big noses: comparative profile analysis. Peach harvest was a bust this year; of seven varieties of leaf curl resistant peach trees only...

Stone Fruit: Rock Your Orchard’s World

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How to Get More Fruit From Your Home Orchard Trees Talk about firm fruit! Actually these are homemade branch weights I add to encourage fruiting. Sometimes...

Every Time a Peach Is Bruised a Farmer Cries

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bruised peach
A quick press can leave a lasting and unpalatable impression Peach Perfect It's no secret I love peaches--their rich flavor, succulent juice and heady perfume. I'm...

Pruning Raspberries: Gardening’s ‘Who’s on First?’

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Winter pruning efforts can yield a summer of raspberry rewards. But before you start licking your chops prematurely, let me offer a little tutorial...

Favorite Apples: Give Me “Liberty” or Give Me Pests

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delicious liberty apples
I picked my first Liberty apples this year, and I have to say that I'm impressed. Liberty is a great choice for the home...

Planting Apple Trees: Varieties Matter

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Apple trees are a lot like people; plant them in the wrong place and they just aren't happy. What's great for one apple tree...