Category Archives: Orchard

David Jacke meet Michael Phillips

This past Thursday, we went to an all-day presentation by David Jacke who co-authored with Eric Toensmeier, the two volume set, Edible Forest Gardens.  In was a very rich and full day and Jacke is an dynamic and organized speaker.  Apparently, the … Continue reading

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The Conversion

Cardboard is laid down to suppress the existing vegetation.  The centre is left clear to receive a mulch of pea gravel.  The idea is to keep vegetation back from the tree so that mice and voles have no nesting material … Continue reading

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Holistic Orchard Conversion

Back in October of last year, I wrote another chapter in the seemingly never ending saga of trying to get it right in the orchard.  Since 2010, we haven’t been comfortable with the monoculture nature of the orchard.  We tried … Continue reading

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Watering Spikes

When you have a winter with little snow and no runoff followed by a prolonged summer drought, watering only helps the surface.  This is especially a problem for trees where the roots may be a foot or more below the … Continue reading

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Polyculture (Guild) Garden – Update & Evolution

Last April when I wrote about The Orchard as Monoculture, I said Looking back at the experiment, it was an unqualified success and We were pleased enough and learned enough that we’re going to do another guild garden in the … Continue reading

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Sweet apple cider

Last Sunday, we decided that it was time to try out the apple press because the apples at our favourite pick-your-own orchard, Pieter’s Appleyard, owned and operated by friends  Jennifer and Jess Madamba, were ready for picking.   Because we weren’t … Continue reading

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Stop the presses…..

….., we have an apple press.  The picture below is a store model of one that we found on Kijiji for one quarter of the price although we did have a round-trip drive of  +550 km.  I had a Kijiji alert set up … Continue reading

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