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Arkansas Black Apples


Few things are considered as down-home American as apple pie, so it’s no surprise to most gardeners that apples have been a part of our nation’s history from nearly day one.  In fact one of the Mayflower colonists’ first requests...

Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM

It's Fall, Should I Prune?

I often get asked about whether fall is a good time to prune the landscape. While the mild weather makes it attractive to work outside, it's probably a good idea to wait, but you won't usually kill a plant outright by pruning. I don't even think about...

Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 1:24 PM

In Pursuit of the Barking Pumpkin

Since Halloween is just around the corner, it seems like a good time to discuss an autumn favorite: pumpkins. Since humans began farming, there has been a continuous process of improving plants and animals for domestic use. It’s remarkable what...

Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Monty Hall

I thought gardeners (and game show enthusiasts) would appreciate this comic from

Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Selecting Fruit Trees

Ripe Cherries

Selecting Fruit Trees Dustin Blakey, Inyo-Mono Farm Advisor Fruits are always favorites in the garden. Eat a fresh peach or plum and you’ll be obsessed with getting your own source of ripe fruit that you can share with the crows. If you are...

Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 12:23 PM

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