It’s fruit tree season at The Urban Farm (click here to learn about our fruit tree program), so we’ve decided to compile a list of The Urban Farm Podcast’s top 5 episodes for growing fruit trees in your yard. With these episodes under your belt you’ll be well prepared to grow, prune, and harvest an abundance of fruit from your own backyard!
1. Stella Otto on Backyard Fruit Trees – Listen Now
Do you buy your fruit trees from a nursery? According to Stella, there are some very real reasons you may want to rethink that. In this interview, Greg and Stella (author of The Backyard Orchardist: A complete guide to growing fruit trees in the home garden) agree: Know where you’re getting your trees from, and be wary of purchasing from big box stores. Listen to this episode for some of the keys to fruit tree success that Stella has learned from years of experience, such as how much time you should take to cultivate the perfect soil for fruit trees to thrive.
2. Jake Mace’s 10 Favorite Trees and Wood Chips – Listen Now
Which trees give you the most bang for your buck? What are the most nutritious fruits to grow? Urban farmer Jake Mace weighs in on his Top 10 favorite trees to grow, some tree-growing tips, and what he loves about each of these trees (and you don’t have to listen to reap some of the info – check out the page for images and descriptions for each of the trees). Jake’s secret for growing thriving trees? Wood chips! Listen for how to use them and why he is convinced they may be the BEST thing you can do for your trees.
3. Jake Mace: Humanity’s Global Future is Local – Listen Now
“We have to start taking responsibility for the happiness, health, and the well-being we have as humans in this life.” We couldn’t resist putting Jake on here twice because he is a fruit tree wizard with tons to share on how he’s been so successful. Listen in to learn what he means by the quote you just read, how he was even able to eat solely out of his urban yard during a 5-day experiment, and three more keys to thriving fruit trees. Hint: They have to do with the way you water them (17:50), what you feed them (20:00), and how you prune them (21:50).
4. David Burns and Austin Young from Fallen Fruit – Listen Now
OK, So this one isn’t so much of a “how to” as it is some serious inspiration! David Burns and Austin Young are tranforming the LA Landscape in the tastiest way possible: with fruit trees! David Burns and Austin Young to talk about the placement of fruit trees throughout urban spaces as a means to cultivate community and food security. Fallen Fruit is a collaborative art project that began in Los Angeles in 2004 with mapping public fruit. Their artworks encourage the public to experience their city as a fruitful, generous place, inviting people to engage in sharing and collectively explore the meaning of community and collaboration through public participation and exhibition projects.
5 & 6. Tom Spellman on Urban Orchards – Listen to Part 1, then Part 2
“Tom Spellman knows more about fruit trees than anyone I have ever met, so you are NOT going to want to miss these two episodes” says Greg Peterson founder of the Urban Farm. Tom has spent his life learning and teaching about fruit trees and the best ways to grow them in our urban areas and small yards. It is different than growing an orchard put there somewhere, out there we let our trees get to be very tall and have the equiptment and technology to manage and harvest them. In our yards we need to keep the trees small for several very important reasons. Listen to our 2 part series to find out why…Hint – they are easier to manage and if we keep our trees small (5 to 8 feet) we can put in more varieties that ripen at varying times.
Ready to get planting? Check out these 3 how-to videos: