The Holistic Approach to Orchard Health

Learn the holistic approach to better orchard health — from pure neem oil to liquid fish sprays.



The Holistic Orchard
"The Holistic Orchard," by Michael Phillips, provides readers with all the information needed to create and maintain a successful orchard.
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All fungal events can be correlated with root timing down below. Holistic disease management is facilitated by seeing this fungal curve as a guide to the timing of specific tasks.
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All fungal events can be correlated with root timing down below. Holistic disease management is facilitated by seeing this fungal curve as a guide to the timing of specific tasks.
Illustration Courtesy Chelsea Green Publishing
Pure neem oil requires a soap emulsifier to properly mix into water.
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silica levels in the "Equisetum arvense" plant — commonly known as horsetail — rise appreciably when the fronds spread apart.
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Stinging nettle in the seed stage has increasing levels of silica.
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Comfrey can be used as a homegrown foliar calcium source by simply brewing an herbal tea with its leaves and letting this ferment five to seven days.
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The process of brewing nutrient-rich teas for the holistic orchard requires little more than brewing buckets for each herb.
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The "Venturia" fungus that causes pear scab overwinters in twig lesions as well as on fallen leaves.
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Peach leaf curl establishes at the end of a harvest in bud crevices.
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Bacterial spot launches right around budbreak.
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The fungal duff zone finds its heyday when it comes time to stir the biological stew each fall.
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A modicum of lime sprinkled on the first fallen leaves ensures that a hefty majority of the current year's scab lesions will be unsuccessful at establishing pseudothecia (spore sacs)to spread disease anew nest spring.
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