Growing Your Backyard Orchard
- The ability to grow the tastiest varieties, many of which are not available in the supermarkets because they are not grown by commercial growers.
- The freedom to select varieties that will give fruit many months out of the year.
- The advantage of having tree-ripened fruit in your own yard. (It’s not possible to get ripe peaches, for example, in the supermarket.)
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Growing Fruit Trees - UC Backyard Orchard -from The California Backyard Orchard website covers the basics including soil, tree selection, planting, first year care, irrigation, pruning and training, harvest, pests and diseases, and more!
Fruit tree pests? Go to the experts at UC IPM for help. Choose from a list of commonly grown fruit and nut trees for photos and guidance on dealing with pests and disorders specific to each tree type.
Fruit tree training and pruning:
Planting and Care of Young Trees (ANR 8048) (PDF 112KB)
Pruning Overgrown Deciduous Trees (ANR 8058) (PDF 97KB)
Training and Pruning Deciduous Trees (ANR 8057) (PDF 226KB)
Thinning Young Fruit (ANR 8058)
Calendar of Operations:
Apples - Safe methods to store, preserve and enjoy
Cantaloupe - Safe methods to store, preserve and enjoy
Oranges - Safe methods to store, preserve and enjoy
Other Fruit tree related sites and articles
Budding and Grafting Citrus and Avocado (ANR 8001) (PDF 168KB)