Fruit Trees: Summer Pruning vs. Winter Pruning

Fruit Tree Pruning

To grow the most varieties of fruit on my small suburban lot, I am experimentally trying a technique called Backyard Orchard Culture developed by the fruit tree-growers at Dave Wilson Nursery. Proponents will tell you Backyard Orchard Culture or BYOC (“Bring Your Own Cherry? Citrus? Cherimoya?”) is a great way for space constrained gardeners to [Continue Reading...]

Backyard Orchard Culture: Too Good To Be True?

I have struggled for a few years with a desire to have more fruit trees than my 1/3 acre lot can accomodate. A third-acre is actually pretty big by urban standards, but only one-quarter of our property is given over to edibles. The house, driveway, paths, shady areas and kid’s play area (aka lawn) take [Continue Reading...]

Sky Nursery Fruit Tree Pruning Seminar

Today’s 90 minute long class on fruit tree pruning at Sky Nursery in Shoreline was clearly more popular than the good people at the nursery predicted.  I counted chairs for 60, and well over 100 piled into the room.  Dan Vorhis took the class thru the basics of open center and central leader pruning techniques [Continue Reading...]