05/24/2017 TimberGardener

I can ignore a few holes in my lettuce leaves or the occasional blemish from a hungry bug, but I can’t STAND aphids.  It seems like they pick a fruit tree to colonize each year, with their ants helping them along.  Sometimes a thorough spraying with the hose will help,…

03/07/2017 TimberGardener

Technically it was a practical purchase.  It was the hardiest fig available, at zone 5.  If it froze, shoots would quickly regrow from the hardy roots. Violetta de Bordeaux fig, recently arrived and repotted. In 2016 I ordered a Violetta de Bordeaux fig from Burpee’s.  It…

03/07/2017 TimberGardener 1Comment

A pluot has a complex family tree.  It starts off simply enough, just cross an apricot and a plum.  Both are stonefruit, both in the Prunus genus, both easily identifiable in the grocery aisle.  It is simple to cross-pollinate these fruits.  The result is a plumcot, bred over 100 years…

01/21/2017 TimberGardener 2Comment

During our first winter as homeowners, we plotted what fruit trees we would plant in the spring.  “Apples, of course.  Apples like chill hours.  And pears would be practical.  And an edible crabapple to help pollinate them.” We bought a Honeycrisp  apple and a Honeygold apple, which are very cold…

06/04/2016 TimberGardener

Last weekend we started building a kiwi trellis. Most people’s reaction to this is “Inside your greenhouse?” or “Inside your actual house with that fig you’re going to kill eventually?” or just “WHAATT?” But the kiwi endeavor, unlike the fig tree or the maypop vine, might actually be successful. When…

03/04/2016 TimberGardener

A few days ago Toby called me from Mississippi, where he is doing prescribed burning for 6 weeks. One of his coworkers lives in New Meadows, and his wife had found mouse damage girdling their fruit trees. “Can you check our trees?” he asked. Our trees are still under 3 feet…

02/19/2016 TimberGardener

Welcome to the Timber Garden! Toby and I purchased our first home on 3 acres outside of McCall, ID in October of 2014. We couldn’t wait to put in a permanent garden and fruit trees! We had both grown up gardening with our families and tried to grow something wherever…

02/15/2016 TimberGardener

It’s the middle of February in Idaho. In some places, that is early enough to start thinking about the snow melting and the sun shining and greenery pressing up through the ground. Here, the snow might not melt until May and the greenery knows better. My fellow gardeners and I…