We recently received an update from Penn State Extension about bacterial canker on stone fruits (cherry, plum, peach, etc.) which provides one upside to hot midsummer temperatures. According to their recommendations, “summer is the best time to prune your [effected] trees, particularly during dry weather. The bacteria do not like hot, dry conditions and the … Continue reading Does your tree look like it’s bleeding sap? It might be Bacterial or Fungal Canker!
Q: What makes blackberries special? A: So many things! In order to properly research this blog post, a memory refresher of the taste of blackberries was in order! While the organic vegetable farm I work on does have blackberries growing, (mostly as a side enterprise) they are not yet ripe, and so I trekked to … Continue reading Bramble On: It’s Blackberry Time!
By now, we’ve all heard Bill Withers’ classic swooning lyric “we all need somebody to lean on.” As I was working on building a trellis for the tomatoes in my home garden last weekend, I couldn’t help but think of this lyric’s many meanings – it’s a simple adage and it’s so true! As a … Continue reading ‘Lean On Me’: An Overview of Orchard Trellis Systems
At Indian Orchards in Media, PA, orchard care is a family affair. The Bernhardt family, now in their fourth generation, manage the 104-year-old, 36-acre organic property which offers diverse picked, and you-pick plantings of blackberries, raspberries, apples, plums, apricots, peaches, and more, along with seasonal offerings like cider, jams, hollies, and Christmas trees. The property, … Continue reading Orchard Spotlight: Indian Orchards in Media, PA
In the realm of orchard care, there are few things as satisfying as harvesting fruit at perfect ripeness, or the excitement of growing a new varietal, and that is using and maintaining the right tools for the job. Ah, we orchardists are a practical and hardworking lot! The tasks are many in an orchard — … Continue reading Stocking and Maintaining Your Orchard Toolkit
Happy Spring, Fellow Orchardists! With the past few weeks of balmy rain and bud and flower break, we wanted to remind you of some early spring tips for tending to your orchard’s health and managing potential disease and pest woes. For a recap of orchard care through all the seasons, check out our recent POP blog article. Unwrap Your Figs … Continue reading Early Spring Orchard Care Tips
POP kicked off its newest training program last Wednesday, March 8th at Bartram’s Garden called POPCORE: Community Orchardist Resilience Education. An endeavor to realize the potential and beauty of fully productive, well cared-for eco-orchards in every neighborhood, POPCORE seeks to encourage the self-sufficiency of our partners and connections between partners in close geographical proximity through … Continue reading POP CORE Recap & Orchard Care Through the Seasons
POP kicked off its 2017 season on Jan. 28th with a sold-out class on winter pruning held at Awbury Arboretum’s Agricultural Village. Executive Director Phil Forsyth led off with a presentation on pruning and the techniques and tools most appropriate by species — whether stone fruits like peaches, plums, cherries, and apricots, pome fruits like … Continue reading Winter Pruning: Workshop Review & Pruning Guide
POP has been surveying all of our orchard partners at season’s end since 2013. Each year’s qualitative and quantitative results have shown growth, improvement, and areas in need of more attention. We want to share some of what we’ve learned with you! In all, 46 of 56 total POP partners (82%) participated in our 2016 survey. … Continue reading How did we do last year? POP’s 2016 Orchard Survey Summary
This edition of POP Tips written by 2016 Orchard Apprentice Alkebu-lan Marcus and Education Director Alyssa Schimmel. What if you could turn vegetative waste like twigs, wood chips, pruning clippings, and overwintered compost crops into a valuable, organic, soil-additive that promotes the growth and fertility of future orchard and agricultural plantings? You can! Enter biochar, a highly … Continue reading Building Living Soils with Biochar