Do THIS to your Fruit Trees in the Spring for a HUGE Harvest

I’m posting this video a little ahead of the season but it will help you hit the ground running. In a time of pandemic, we need to do all we can to ensure our food security and get a bigger harvest, so it’s no time to neglect your fruit trees. If anything it’s a time to planting more of them in your yard. Every year I spend a little extra time doing a simple maintenance task for my fruit trees and it not only makes the fruit a lot bigger, it reduces insect pests and produces more perfect fruit. Some people scoff at thinning fruit trees because they think it’s too much work, but it can make a huge difference in the harvest and in controlling insect pests and disease.

Fall Permaculture Bounty: Hazelnuts, Pecans, Mushrooms, Persimmons

Our ecovillage features many permaculture plantings that have been maintained over the years by many people. The village is kind of like one big permaculture project. Fall is a time when a lot of perennial fruit and nut trees produce abundantly and in this video I went around the village to see what kind of a harvest I could find. I ended up checking the hazelnuts on my warren (what we rabbits call our yards), did a trade of wine for shiitakes, picked some persimmons from the Dancing Rabbit orchard, and went outside the village to harvest some delicious hardy pecans (ours are still too small to produce fruit). A lot of times you only see the planting of permaculture projects and not so much the actual production of them. But that’s where this video is different.

The BEST Lasagna Made From Homegrown Ingredients

I often see permaculture videos about people growing food, but I rarely see them actually eating the food they produce. Do they end up eating all those hazelnuts, or aronia, or veggies? My philosophy is that if I’m not going to eat it, I’m not going to spend time and space growing it. Over the years, I’ve transitioned my gardens to just the stuff I’m likely to eat, and for things like pears, I can’t help but grow lot, so I sell whatever I can’t eat.

People make lasagna all the time, but in the US they rarely make it truly from scratch from homegrown ingredients. When I make lasagna I use all the homegrown ingredients I can. The only thing I haven’t been able to grow myself is the semolina in the noodles and the olive oil. Food tastes like a whole other animal when it’s made from homegrown ingredients.

Low Tunnel on Wheels For Season Extension and Pest Control

Permaculture is all about stacking functions and creating symbiotic systems, and I try to follow these tenets in how I keep my vineyard. I intercrop my vineyard with vegetables, flowers, and green manures, not only to make use of what would otherwise be empty space, but to reduce competition with the grape vines and to cut back on the need for mowing and other maintenance.

I’ve been doing some experimenting with my low tunnel this season, not only planting crops under it, but adding wheels so that I can easily move it on and off the bed. It’s great for season extension and for protecting the crops from rabbits and deer, and it fits and moves perfectly between the rows of grapes in my vineyard.

What Happened With My Homemade Onion Sets Experiment?

In the past, I’ve planted onion starts from seed every spring with mixed results. I got kind of sick of dealing with cold early spring temps, damping off, and waiting forever to get plants big enough for planting out. I wanted the convenience and reliability of onion sets, but didn”t want conventionally grown sets from the store, which are often sweet onion varieties instead of the long storage ones I like to grow.

So last year I made a video about making my own organic onion sets, and this season I planted them out. This video takes you through the the season of growth and we get to see how they did.