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June 2011 Blog Posts (4)

Desert King Fig; Breba Crops

Hasn't this been a strange year for fruit trees?  Every year is different, but this one is more different than most.  In my orchard, some later season peaches bore quite early (Babcock is bearing already!), and some early season peaches look to bear quite late.  The apple harvest was down from last year, and the Annas got mushy even before they took on their pink blush.  On the figs, not much of a breba crop from any…


Added by Rob Risley on June 20, 2011 at 9:05pm — 8 Comments

Orchard Density

Thanks for your comments.


I just spent about an hour writing about orchard density--partly in response for pictures and a tour--and lost the message in a hiccough.  I'll try again some other time.  Just please be patient.

Added by Rob Risley on June 18, 2011 at 1:48pm — 1 Comment

Garden Walls, Windscreen, and Microclimate

OK, I seem to be getting the hang of the blog system now.


I told you about my garden floor, so before I get into talking about what I've learned about fruit trees, I'll tell you first about the garden walls.…


Added by Rob Risley on June 14, 2011 at 5:35pm — 3 Comments

Urban Orchard in Central Phoenix

I've wanted a place to share about my orchard for a long time now.  I've been doing this since about 2003, and have picked up a lot of information by trial and error over the years.  Perhaps it could be of use to someone else.  I have over 50 trees on about a half acre of SRP irrigated land in a Phoenix inner-city neighborhood--citrus, figs, stonefruits, apples, pomegranates, persimmons, pecans.  I'm not too good with…


Added by Rob Risley on June 12, 2011 at 3:50pm — 5 Comments

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