Tips for Growing Fruit Trees Organically

organic apple tree

Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery

Are you planting fruit trees this season? Or, do you have newer fruit trees that you’re caring for now? Growing and caring for fruit trees organically is very different than planting a vegetable garden. It’s a whole different array of knowledge and practices.

We’ve had mixed success with fruit trees in the past at our house. Brown rot, insect damage, poor soil, and trees that died over the winter are just some of the struggles we’ve had over the years. I have much more success in the vegetable garden than I do in the orchard. So, when members of the Flavorful Life Garden Club expressed interest in learning more about growing fruit, I knew I needed to seek the advice of an expert.

A few weeks ago, I had a wonderful 40 minute chat with Susan Poizner, founder of Orchard People. She’s an urban orchardist from Toronto, author of the book, Growing Urban Orchards, and the creator of the online resource, We talked about how to pick the right fruit tree for your yard, how to prepare and build up the soil for young trees, how to care for old fruit trees and much, much more!

I like to add surprise perks to the garden club each season, and an interview with an expert like Susan was a great one! She had so many gems of wisdom that I just had to share it with the rest of my community, too. So, here you go, a special little treat for you on this spring weekend. Listen while you take a walk, mulch your garden or prep a new garden bed.

Susan has generously offered to extend a 20% discount to anyone who signs up for her Beginner Fruit Tree Care Certificate program by May 31 here. You need to use the discount code CVG243.

Check out her website and blog filled with amazing resources for urban orchardists here.

Listen to the interview here.


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