thinning fruit trees

It’s an apple! It’s a pear! No, it’s a quince! But, what’s a quince?

While quince fruit may seem somewhat uncommon today, that wasn’t always the case. It was so ubiquitous, in fact, that it is believed the fruit eate...

The Art of Hoshigaki

I do not like persimmons. I do not like them in a house. I do not like them with a mouse. I do not like them here or there. I do not like them any...

In Praise of Jujubes

Like most undervalued treasures with beauty not outwardly expressed by appearance, the Jujube, or Chinese date, is a fruit that deserves closer in...

What's the Buzz About Bees?

The Importance of Bees Let’s talk about pollination. Yes, we know that some fruit trees are self fertile and some need pollinators. “I planted a po...

Cider Revival

Cider    The resurgence of cider is worth a celebration! Cider or cider-like beverages and cider making traditions have a long history around the g...

Fruit Terroir

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 t...

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 varieti...

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 schedu...

When to Harvest Fruit From Your 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 beginning to display the fruits of your labor. So why voluntarily remove this wonderful fr...

Origin Story; Hudson's Golden Gem

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...

We're Busy in the Field Grafting Away...

Budding Our Trees Summer and Fall is the time of the year when we are grafting the majority of our trees. Our primary grafting technique is referre...