making the cut: fruit trees

For the gardener who grows fruit trees, the purpose is to grow quality fruit in a reasonable quantity, and harvest safely from from healthy trees. Pruning is a management tool that helps align these goals and balances the needs of both tree and gardener.

atomic gardening

I have lived my entire life in the nuclear age. Technically, we no longer label present day as the “nuclear age”, meaning we do not define the present by nuclear technologies, that have been replaced by other disruptive technologies, which strikes me as odd since the world is filled with thousands of nuclear weapons, obtainContinue reading “atomic gardening”

id your tree

Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest‘ Monterey Cypress Soft and bright, the beautiful gold foliage will persist all year round making the Cypress a favorite in the garden. I use juvenile specimens in planters, transplanting them into the landscape as they mature. With an annual growth of 8 to 10 inches – mature specimens reach 7 to 8 feetContinue reading “id your tree”

id your tree

Pinus contorta  ‘Chief Joseph” I seem to be on a Brilliant Gold kick! But can you blame me? This time of year we have few opportunities to enjoy the warm sunny color of summer with the exception of gold conifers like the Chief Joseph Lodgepole Pines. Its new growth in the spring and summer is limeContinue reading “id your tree”

what the SOM?

soil organic matter as an indicator of soil health So what is SOM? The USDA defines SOM as: the organic component of soil consisting of three primary parts: (fresh) plant residues and small living organisms (active) decomposing organic matter (humus) stable organic matter Most of us understand the importance of sufficient nutrition in the soilContinue reading “what the SOM?”

id your tree

Pinus strobus ‘Louie’ Eastern White Pine ‘Louie’ is a species native to North America, and its soft, fine, golden foliage makes it one of the most attractive conifers for ornamental landscapes. The long thin needles remain gold year round – intensifying in color during the winter cold. Also referred to as Golden White Pine ‘Louie’,Continue reading “id your tree”