Garden Soil pH - I didn’t think too much about pH as I prepared my containers last year.  I have a good meter, but since I was adding a lot of organic matter to the soil mixes I felt that would buffer any pH’s that were at the margins for most of my plants.  Naturally it followed that some things didn’t do as well as I’d hoped.

Garden Soil pH - I didn’t think too much about pH as I prepared my containers last year. I have a good meter, but since I was adding a lot of organic matter to the soil mixes I felt that would buffer any pH’s that were at the margins for most of my plants. Naturally it followed that some things didn’t do as well as I’d hoped.

Choosing fruit trees - US  There's a reason I loved flipping through Organic Orcharding before we got our farm --- it's a great book to dream by.  Or, if you want to pretend you're being scientific, you can use the excellent charts for variety selection.  For example, Logsdon recommends starting your orchard planning by learning which species do well in your climate.  The map above hits the highlights.

Choosing fruit trees - US There's a reason I loved flipping through Organic Orcharding before we got our farm --- it's a great book to dream by. Or, if you want to pretend you're being scientific, you can use the excellent charts for variety selection. For example, Logsdon recommends starting your orchard planning by learning which species do well in your climate. The map above hits the highlights.

Fast growing fruit trees mean that you get fruit in just a year or two instead of four or five. Check out these seven trees and start eating homegrown fruit

Fast growing fruit trees mean that you get fruit in just a year or two instead of four or five. Check out these seven trees and start eating homegrown fruit

Grow Your Own Mulberry Tree - A wonderful plant for your garden. A great, fast growing shade tree. And buckets full of wonderful fruit too. Children love them. So do chickens, ducks and goats. A must for your homestead.

Grow Your Own Mulberry Tree - A wonderful plant for your garden. A great, fast growing shade tree. And buckets full of wonderful fruit too. Children love them. So do chickens, ducks and goats. A must for your homestead.

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