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Origin story; Hudson's Golden Gem Apple tree.

One of our favorite adventurous apples in the orchard is the Hudson's Golden Gem. It is a precocious apple with very low chill requirements, diseas...

Preparing trees for winter begins in July?!

Preparing Fruit Trees for Winter for Zones 3-7 The beautiful weather in middle fall may not allow the trees to go into dormancy on a regular sched...

We're busy in the field grafting away.....

Budding our Trees Fall is the time of the season when we are grafting our trees. Our primary grafting technique is referred to as budding, speci...

What qualifies as an Heirloom fruit tree?

Heirloom Fruit Trees  Exactly what an heirloom plant is can mean different things to different people. We consider heirloom  fruit trees as variet...

Glance of folks growing our trees

Windrose is a small family farm located east of Paso Robles, near Creston, in San Luis Obispo County. Tucked in a unique valley of 50 acres, 12 ar...

Cider revival

Hard cider makes a great holiday gift! The resurgence of cider is worth a celebration! Cider or cider-like beverages and cider making traditions ...

Digging into Clay

Clay Soils What to consider when planting trees in slow draining clay soils. Poor drainage often leads to higher soil pH's. If you have compaction...

When to know it's time to harvest your fruit trees.

When to Harvest        Determining when to harvest fruit from your trees, you must take careful consideration of timing. Harvesting fruit at just t...

When to start thinning your fruit

While it is warming up, it is a thrill to see your trees starting to display the fruits of your labor. So why why would voluntarily remove this won...

When to harvest apples?

Supermarket apples are often picked when not fully tree ripened. The reason is mainly to do with picking while the flesh is very firm to prevent br...

Fruit terroir

What makes my fruit so flavorful? Why does my apple tree grown here in California produce apples that taste so much different than when I tasted th...