Here's 5 of the basic steps to how we created our small organic home orchard/edible landscape. It's a permaculture designed area that has been created with a natural landscape as inspiration, with the least amount of human input. It will host not only heritage apples but several other fruits and berries, herbs and medicinal plants.
The new apple orchard we're planning for our homestead won't be the classical lawn-layout most people are accustomed to. Our edible landscape will mimic a natural landscape with the goal to reduce interference such as spraying while providing organic fruit, berries and herbs for many months of many years.
Espalier allows a gardener to grow a dwarf fruit tree along a wall or fence, binding it for support, and sculpting the branches to follow certain lines, as Japanese artists do with bonsai trees.
Focus on Food records an episode from Chaffin Orchards and discusses sustainable farming and the ethics of eating meat.
A permaculture-based, 2,000-acre farm in Northern California integrates grassfed livestock with orchard farming.
Growing organic apples isn’t impossible! Follow these tips and methods for avoiding pest damage and growing apples organically.
I feed my vegetable and fruit plants organically, taking into account our ocean-dwelling ancestors.
Urban food forests and public gardens provide communities with an edible landscape for everyone to share. These public fruit forests are the new trend in urban agriculture and play an important role as sustainable local food systems in their communities.
Avoid frost damage to your fruit crops by following these tips for planting fruit trees and protecting them from frost.
Painting tree trunks white can help you reduce the effect of erratic temperatures on the trees’ bark.
Saving butternut squash seeds while using a sledge hammer and putting up a roof and planning a seed swap. Also planning a high density apple orchard with a new variety called Zestar.
Daby Napthine shares her grandfather's 5 tips to growing healthy apple trees.
Growing fruit trees in a home orchard requires some study as well as some prep.
This fall, while the chickens were still living with the goats, we had decided to fence off the leg and seed it with pasture seed. I wasn't sure if we should seed it for the chickens or for the goats. After doing some research we ended up going with
The beginnings of the orchard project, and an early spring surprise.
Brown rot is a serious disease of peaches, plums, and other stone fruits. For organic gardeners, spraying at-risk fruits with a milk solution can give good control.