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The Beet: A Podcast For Plant Lovers

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Mar 1, 2024

A two to four inch layer of mulch controls soil temperatures, conserves water, and supports biodiversity. Most of all, it reduces the need to weed by 80 to 90%. Choosing the right mulch, and spreading it correctly will benefit the backyard orchard immensely.  

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Feb 29, 2024

Here, Tom Spellman breaks down the different kinds of citrus growers in the tropics and subtropics can grow. He also discusses regionality, and how to maintain different trees. Both experienced citrus growers and those new to fruit trees will get something from this citrus discussion.

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Feb 28, 2024

Knowing which fruit trees do well in your growing region is a great way to start growing fruit. Understanding the root stock of a grafted tree is even better. The grafting process is used to encourage better adaptability in sets of fruit trees, and gaining knowledge about the stock and your climate is paramount. 


Feb 27, 2024

Soil drainage and sun exposure are the two most important considerations for planting fruit trees. Spacing is another important aspect. Of course, backyard gardeners think of all these tenets differently than commercial growers do. For instance, compatible varieties can be planted more closely. 

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Feb 26, 2024

Tom Spellman has tons of experience in backyard orcharding. His expertise even helped Kevin get started on his orchard. Starting a backyard fruit tree orchard is a daunting task to those who have never gardened fruit trees, but it’s not as hard as you think. Tom dispenses basic fruit tree orchard tips here.