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Posted on 23 Oct 2014

How to Grow Apple Trees From Seeds

How to Grow Apple Trees From Seeds   We all love apples (at least most of us do!) and we want you to buy our apple trees. But wouldn’t it be cool if you could grow your own apples from seed?   But due to hybridization and breeding, no modern apple variety comes “true to seed.” That means that... Read More »
Posted on 22 Oct 2014

The Top Five Beneficial Insects for the...

The Top Five Beneficial Insects for the Home Orchard   We all know that insects can be a pest in the garden or orchard. In fact, I’ve devoted a couple of blog posts to control of insect pests, because disease and insect pests tend to be at least occasional problems on almost any cultivated fruit tree.   But thankfully,... Read More »
Posted on 21 Oct 2014

The Fruit Tree Spacing Primer

The Fruit Tree Spacing Primer Fruit trees, even if you just have a couple of them, require a certain spacing between trees to ensure adequate growth and to prevent disease. All of the trees we sell are standard varieties, which means that they are “old school” larger trees. And in the case of apples, pears, and Asian pears, there... Read More »
Posted on 20 Oct 2014

Review of Southern Bounty by the North...

Review of Southern Bounty by the North American Native Plant Society      My book Southern Bounty was reviewed in the summer edition of The Blazing Star, the newsletter of the North American Native Plant Society. Since my family has been out of town for the past 36 hours for some medical stuff, I thought I would use their text... Read More »
Posted on 18 Oct 2014

How to Roast Chestnuts on an Open Fire

How to Roast Chestnuts On an Open Fire   The American chestnut (Castenea dentata) tree once graced the woods of the eastern side of North America. Unfortunately, a fungal disease (blight) was introduced on an imported chestnut tree from Asia. The American chestnut, with no natural resistance to the fungus, succumbed to the disease. Today, only a handful of... Read More »
Posted on 15 Oct 2014

Southern Fruit Ciders

Southern Fruit Ciders An antique cider jug      Apple cider was one of the most popular early American drinks, and not just during the holidays. An entire cider industry existed in the settled part of North America from the 1700’s into the mid 1850’s, with apple orchards and apple cider mills an integral part of many communities. In many... Read More »
Posted on 15 Oct 2014

Interview With the Owner of Efurd...

Interview With the Owner of Efurd Orchards Efurd Orchards is the largest orchard (that we know of) in our part of Texas. I had the opportunity to speak with one of the owners and a managing employee of the orchards and ask them some questions about their operation. I thought it might be of interest to our readers. I’ve... Read More »
Posted on 13 Oct 2014

The Historic Fruit Tree (well, peach...

The Historic Fruit Tree (well, peach and apple) Varieties of the South      The fruit varieties we buy and grow today are the results of decades of marketing and more than a century to commercial fruit production, processes that changed the make up of the available fruit varieties. As urbanization took hold in America in the late 1800’s and... Read More »
Posted on 11 Oct 2014

Five Easy-To-Make Organic Solutions for...

Five Easy-To-Make Organic Solutions for the Orchard and Garden Cultivated fruit trees require attention year round, but especially during the growing season. The most enjoyable part of this attention is watching the fruit grow; the most frustrating part of is dealing with pests and diseases when they arise. Warning: Not all of these solutions work for every situation. Consult... Read More »
Posted on 11 Oct 2014

Your USDA Zone and Why It’s...

Your USDA Zone and Why It’s Important For every fruit tree and plant on our website, we list the USDA zones where the tree or bush grows best. So what on earth is a USDA zone anyway?   The USDA zones are the divisions of the country that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has defined based on... Read More »
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