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ATP Podcast #64: Fruit Tree Guilds

By dave
July 9, 2014

In this week's podcast, we will talk about planning orchards as complete gardens, rather than as single trees surrounded by grass. What are the various needs that fruit trees have, and are there plants that can actually fulfill those needs? Can an orchard be beautiful, and provide year-round benefits? You'll find out by listening to today's episode.

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Name: Lisa
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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bluspruce
Jul 10, 2014 6:33 AM CST
Thank you for doing a podcast on orchards! I am very interested in this topic. And yes, please do the podcast on small-space, city-dweller orchards sometime. That is also part of my dilemma. Although we live somewhat rurally on 28 acres, it is mostly a forested large hill with just a couple of acres cleared at the top for the house and barn. Furthermore, the preexisting and extensive landscaping is decidedly formal. So I am left with only a tiny area in which I think I might be able to fit a few fruit trees and it is on the front side of the house and therefore needs to coordinate with the current landscaping. That said, I learned a great deal from this podcast and my mind was constantly turning envisioning how I could incorporate some of these ideas into that space I have in mind for an orchard. Thank you again for another podcast of great info!!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 10, 2014 6:58 AM CST

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I'm glad you enjoyed the podcast, Lisa, and I love hearing people say that their mind was turning when listening. That's exactly what I always shoot for.

Next March you should attend my permaculture class I teach to the master gardeners in Rusk. It is a pretty thorough introduction to all things permaculture in 3 hours.

We'll definitely do a small space orchard at some point in the future. Thumbs up
Name: Lisa
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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bluspruce
Jul 10, 2014 7:39 AM CST
Wonderful!! I'll look forward to both!

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