Backyard Orchard Culture: Designing Fruit Tree Quartets


The whole idea behind the Backyard Orchard Culture method is to prune trees so that they produce an extended harvest of manageable quantities of fresh fruit rather than one really big harvest all at once. This is achieved by planting trees with different ripening times and keeping them small through aggressive but thoughtful pruning that includes annual summer [Continue Reading…]

Backyard Orchard Culture: A Mini-Orchard In The Making


About a month ago, I talked about our plans to attempt the high-density fruit growing method called Backyard Orchard Culture.  Well, plans have become reality and the mini-orchard is planted! A few weeks ago our bare-root trees came from Raintree Nursery. A box arrived that was about the size of me. I was very excited to see the [Continue Reading…]

All Cooped Up! (Almost)

This weekend has been a total whirlwind. We’ve been building a coop for our new chickens and planting fruit trees like crazy. I had hoped that I’d have a nice, wrapped-up project to write about for Monday morning, but the truth is, as I write this post at Sunday at 10 pm, none of our [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…]

Fruit Tree Grafting Class at Sky Nursury

I went back to Sky for another Saturday of fruit tree education. Bill Davis of the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation took point and was assisted by Dan Vorhis of Sky (you may remember him from last weeks pruning class). The lecture portion of this class wasn’t as rewarding as the pruning class last week. [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…]