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  • What Should I Do?
    Phil Williams

    Fruit Tree Guilds

    Polyculture planting areas
    by Phil Williams

    Thursday, October 29, 2015, 11:13 PM

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    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.

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  • What Should I Do?
    Fire Blight: Phil Williams

    Managing Fire Blight

    A disease of fruit trees
    by Phil Williams

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 8:41 PM

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    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.

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  • What Should I Do?
    Pear Tree Guild

    Planting Fruit Tree Guilds

    A practical example
    by Phil Williams

    Friday, June 20, 2014, 7:37 PM

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    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.

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