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#386: How to Properly Care for Your Fruit Trees

In This Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

#386: How to Properly Care for Your Fruit Trees In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with fruit tree expert Susan Poizner about how to properly care for your fruit trees so you can grow the most fruit possible.

Susan, who is part of the team responsible for creating the fruit tree orchard in Toronto Canada, will come on explain some of the fruit tree mistakes she has made along the way so you don't make them also.

She also tell us why choosing the correct fruit trees is an important first step along the way to growing plentiful fruit, how and when to water your fruit trees and where fertilizing your fruit trees comes in to play.

From there, Susan, will share some creative pruning techniques you can use so you can grow fruit trees at home regardless of the amount of space you have, fruit tree pollination, and whether or not you should stake your fruit trees.

This, and so much more, on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show!

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Here's What We'll Cover in this week's episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

  • Overcoming the mistakes with your fruit trees
  • Choosing the right fruit trees for your area
  • Fruit tree pollination
  • Espalier fruit trees
  • Pruning your fruit trees
  • Winter, fall or summer pruning
  • Staking and protecting your young fruit trees
  • Watering your fruit trees
  • Fertilizing your fruit trees

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About this episode's guest on the Vegetable Gardening Show, Susan Poizner

#386: How to Properly Care for Your Fruit Trees My name is Susan Poizner and I am a journalist, filmmaker and gardener and one of the founders of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard in Toronto. We planted our park’s first trees in 2009 but it didn’t take long until we faced common pest and disease problems including trellis rust on our pear trees, black knot on our plum trees, and canker on our apple and apricot trees.

I learned early on that there is a lot more to organic fruit tree care than I had expected. So, I did what journalists do – I started researching! I read countless books, interviewed experts and found mentors to help teach me including organic orchardists, agrologists, pomologists and scientists. Over the years I developed a simple and easy-to-implement way to grow organic fruit trees successfully that would help us care for and protect the trees in our park.

My passion also lead me to travel across North America to visit and learn from community orchards from coast to coast. I was inspired by all of these projects. And those who I met and interviewed were generous about sharing the problems they have faced and the lessons they have learned.

I documented these stories in my award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards: The Ups, Downs and How-Tos of Fruit Tree Care in the City. (Winner of Garden Writers Association Silver Award of Achievement 2014 Book: General Interest). I use this book as a textbook for those who take my hands-on and in-person classes, workshops, presentations and webinars.

I have been involved in training urbanites in how to care for fruit trees since 2010 and over the years I have trained hundreds of people from coast to coast in my in-person workshops, live webinars and in my online workshops available on, an award-winning online e-learning portal in which students can learn all aspects of organic orchard care. (Winner of Garden Writers Association Silver Award of Achievement 2014 Electronic: Special Project).

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