fruit trees

What Should I Do?

Phil Williams

Fruit Tree Guilds

Polyculture planting areas
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 7:13 PM

Polyculture or the growing of many different plants in a given area is a popular permaculture principle. Fruit tree guilds are a specific polyculture technique used to improve fertility, confuse pests, and attract beneficial insects, as well as provide increased yields. » Read more

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Fire Blight: Phil Williams

Managing Fire Blight

A disease of fruit trees
Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 4:41 PM

Fire blight is a devastating disease that predominately affects pears and apples, although pears are more susceptible. It is caused by a bacterium. It typically occurs in the early spring when temperatures are over 60 degrees, and the humidity levels are high with rain. » Read more

Daily Prep

The Tree of 40 Fruit

1 tree - 40 fruit!
Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 12:17 PM

Get inspired to diversify your food production by incorporating grafted fruit trees into your garden and orchard.

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Pear Tree Guild

Planting Fruit Tree Guilds

A practical example
Friday, June 20, 2014, 3:37 PM

Last year, I prepped and installed some of my fruit tree guilds. I had planned to install the following guilds around my zone 2 fruit trees. As with most plans, they did not go exactly according to plan. I had trouble getting some of the plants and seed, and I decided to plant more chicken friendly edibles, as these trees are inside the chicken paddocks. Having said that, my original plan was good, so I am listing it below, in case you might want to copy it. The important thing is that you install ample nitrogen fixers, nutrient accumulators, pollinator attractors, and pest repellants. » Read more