Although the original apple and plum trees our family planted here over 150 years ago when they inherited this land in the Homestead Act are still here, we knew modern conveniences meant we could grow other fruits and even some nut trees too. Living in the high-desert means not much rain. Using collected and passive […]
What homesteader doesn’t want an orchard? Fresh fruits and nuts ready for the taking all summer and fall? Homegrown produce to fill your pantry and cold cellar? Yes please! But starting one can be quite intimidating unless you know what to consider before making the investment. Here are some tips to help you decide what […]
We live in NC zone 7b, so the best time to plant fruit trees is actually the fall/beginning of winter here. This gives the roots a chance to get in deep before the heat and dryness of summer comes. Further up north, you have to do the opposite and plant in the spring. So at […]
We learned a lesson about rodents and fruit trees the hard way this winter. We’d never had this problem before, but apparently we’d never had the right conditions for it before. Deep, persistent snow cover creates the ideal conditions for rodents to attack tree bark because they can do so without worrying about predators. This […]
Fall is the best time to plant fruit trees. With a simple planting process, you can set your fruit trees up for success.
Is it an apple? A pear? Why does it smell so amazing? What is this unusual fruit with a solid place throughout written history? It is a quince. Chances are, you may not have heard of it–but I know you’d like to. Read more about quince and how easy it is to fall in love […]