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Learn to grow fruit trees and food forests, gaining actionable insights in every podcast episode. Join fruit production instructor Susan Poizner as she interviews experts on fruit trees, food forests and permaculture. Winner of the 2021 GardenComm Silver Award of Achievement for Broadcast Media: Radio Program Overall.

Orchard People Susan Poizner, OrchardPeople.com

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Learn to grow fruit trees and food forests, gaining actionable insights in every podcast episode. Join fruit production instructor Susan Poizner as she interviews experts on fruit trees, food forests and permaculture. Winner of the 2021 GardenComm Silver Award of Achievement for Broadcast Media: Radio Program Overall.

    Fruit Trees in Fabric Pots with Kevin Espiritu

    Fruit Trees in Fabric Pots with Kevin Espiritu

    Learn when, why and how to grow fruit trees in fabric pots. Our show guest on the Orchard People radio show and podcast is Kevin Espiritu of EpicGardening.com. Kevin is the author of the book Grow Bag Gardening: The Revolutionary Way to Grow Bountiful Vegetables, Herbs, Fruit and Flowers in Lightweight, Eco-Friendly, Fabric Pots.
    The images used in the video version of this episode were supplied Giving Grove (www.givinggrove.org) and by Smartpots, the original US company that invented the idea of fabric container and the leading brand of Grow Bags. 
    The host of the Orchard People radio show and podcast is Susan Poizner of the fruit tree care education website www.orchardpeople.com.  Tune into show LIVE by going to RealityRadio101.com on the last Tuesday of every month at 1.00 pm Eastern Time or download the podcast. 

    Learn to grow organic fruit trees successfully. Sign up for OrchardPeople.com's premium online courses at https://learn.orchardpeople.com/. 
    These show notes may contain affiliate links to products. We may receive a small commission for purchases made through these links at no cost to you. Thanks for your support!

    (00:00) - How Giving Grove uses Fabric Pots in their Community Orchards
    (00:42) - The Benefits and Challenges of Bare Root Trees
    (02:09) - Exploring the Use of Fabric Pots with Kevin Espiritu
    (02:45) - How to Submit Questions and Comments
    (03:18) - Why Fabric Pots are Useful in Small Spaces
    (03:52) - Why Fabric Pots Boost Root Health
    (06:05) - Fruit Tree Pruning for Food Forests
    (07:01) - Fruit Tree Pruning in Permaculture Food Forests
    (07:28) - Kevin's Approach to Fruit Tree Pruning in his Food Forest
    (09:07) - Susan's Approach to Fruit Tree Pruning to Improve Fruit Quality
    (10:03) - Pruning and How it also Helps Thin the Fruit on the Tree
    (11:51) - Using Fabric Pots in the Low Desert
    (12:44) - Using Lined Grow Bags and Fabric Pots
    (13:56) - Using Large Grow Bags and Fabric Pots for Raised Beds
    (16:02) - Using Grow Bags in Cold Climates
    (19:30) - Growing Blueberries in Fabric Pots
    (22:01) - Soil Mixes for Plants Grown in Fabric Pots
    (22:30) - Where to Learn More about Kevin
    (23:01) - What are Grow Bags and Fabric Pots Made of
    (24:10) - Recycling Materials to Make Your Own Grow Bags and Fabric Pots
    (25:40) - Maintaining and Reusing Grow Bags and Fabric Pots
    (27:19) - Kevin Espiritu's Publications and Where to Find Them
    (29:05) - Protecting Apple Trees in Grow Bags from Heat
    (29:57) - The Benefits of Mulching and Grow Bags
    (30:18) - The Use of Grow Bags for Trees
    (31:08) - The Importance of Root Care
    (31:46) - Mixing Soil for Blueberries
    (33:16) - The Legacy of Ruth Stout and Her Gardening Method
    (35:12) - The Benefits of Perennial Vegetables in Orchards and Food Forests
    (35:42) - The Use of Citrus in Planters
    (38:40) - Commericals
    (41:57) - Introduction to Part 2
    (43:10) - Introducing Matt Bunch from Giving Grove
    (44:21) - Using Smart Pots Fabric Pots in the Giving Grove Nursery
    (45:38) - Irrigation and Fabric Pots
    (46:49) - Do Grow Bags and Fabric Pots Damage Tree Roots?
    (48:29) - Sanitizing Fabric Pots after Use
    (49:55) - Tips and Tricks for Indoor Gardening
    (53:20) - Orchard People Contests
    (54:28) - The Ideal Applications for Grow Bags
    (55:33) - Kevin's Favorite Uses for Grow Bags and Fabric Pots
    (56:47) - Using Grow Bags for Potatoes

    • 1 hr
    Grafting Compatibility with Kevin Folta

    Grafting Compatibility with Kevin Folta

    Learn about grafting compatibility and what kinds of trees can be grafted together by understanding the science of graft unions! Our guest is Dr Kevin Folta, Professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida.

    The host of the Orchard People radio show and podcast is Susan Poizner of the fruit tree care education website www.orchardpeople.com.  Tune into The Urban Forestry Radio Show LIVE by going to RealityRadio101.com on the last Tuesday of every month at 1.00 pm Eastern Time or download the podcast. 

    Learn to grow organic fruit trees successfully. Sign up for OrchardPeople.com's premium online courses at https://learn.orchardpeople.com/. 

    (00:00) - Introduction
    (01:44) - Episode #100 information
    (03:33) - What is fruit tree grafting
    (04:37) - Does grafting happen in nature?
    (08:00) - Why are some fruit tree cultivars easy to graft with than others?
    (11:17) - Plant Morphology and Fruit Tree Grafting
    (14:56) - Cellular Physiology and Grafting
    (19:20) - Kevin's Podcast
    (20:47) - Can you graft flowering plants and non-woody plants?
    (21:58) - Do you need to pay royalties when using scion cuttings?
    (25:21) - Can you graft zone 5 apples onto a zone 4 rootstock?
    (27:23) - Sponsors
    (31:39) - Part 2
    (32:46) - Plant hormones and fruit tree grafting
    (37:31) - Grafting and Taxonomy
    (39:08) - Molecular biology and fruit tree grafting
    (42:46) - Cherry trees and fruit tree grafting compatibility
    (44:09) - Grafting vs Budding and stone fruit trees
    (45:54) - Grafting chestnut trees onto oak trees?
    (47:06) - Grafting Pear onto Quince
    (49:56) - Grafting European Pears onto Various Rootstocks
    (52:03) - Citation rootstock in California vs Florida
    (54:59) - Why Kevin Loves Grafting
    (57:15) - Access more grafting and fruit tree resources

    • 58 min
    Old Apple Varieties with Daniel Bussey

    Old Apple Varieties with Daniel Bussey

    Learn about old apple cultivars with apple historian Daniel Bussey, author of The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada.

    The host of The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast is Susan Poizner of the fruit tree care education website www.orchardpeople.com.  Tune into The Urban Forestry Radio Show LIVE by going to RealityRadio101.com on the last Tuesday of every month at 1.00 pm Eastern Time.

    Learn to grow organic fruit trees successfully. Sign up for OrchardPeople.com's premium online courses at https://learn.orchardpeople.com/. 

    These show notes may contain affiliate links to products. We may receive a small commission for purchases made through these links at no cost to you. Thanks for your support!

    (00:00) - Exploring old apple varieties at an apple tasting event
    (00:34) - Podcast name change in January
    (01:53) - Why Dan started writing about old apple varieties
    (03:23) - Why old apple varieties have funny names
    (05:25) - Smokehouse Apple and fire blight resistance
    (06:31) - Ginger Gold Pedigree
    (07:52) - Slack ma Girdle apple!
    (08:36) - Best old apple varieties for fresh eating
    (12:07) - Why russet apples fell out of favor
    (14:09) - How do you identify apple varieties on an old tree visually and with DNA testing
    (17:25) - Black Oxford and Roxbury Russet apple questions
    (19:14) - Westfield seek no further apple history
    (20:58) - How names of old apple varieties have changed over the years.
    (22:44) - Ben Davis apple history and why it has multiple names
    (24:46) - McAfee apple history
    (26:08) - Sheep nose apple variety
    (26:54) - Tolman Sweet apple trees
    (28:07) - Old apple varieties that are easier to grow
    (29:58) - A Word from our Sponsors
    (34:37) - More on Old Apple Varieties
    (35:53) - History of the USDA apple illustrations
    (37:10) - Pitmastin Pineapple and Fire blight resistance
    (38:12) - Ashmeet's Kernel - and identifying Russet apples
    (39:47) - Franklin apple
    (40:34) - Are many old apple varieties lost forever?
    (41:30) - Limbertwig apples
    (43:54) - Allergies to some apples and not to others
    (46:44) - Where to buy old apple varieties
    (47:41) - Programs to preserve old apple varieties and apple tree grafting
    (51:46) - Which old apple varieties make the best pies
    (54:00) - Did you enjoy this show as a livestream on YouTube?
    (54:42) - How to order Dan's books and how to reach out to him
    (56:41) - How to access more fruit tree podcasts like this one

    • 58 min
    Fruit Tree Care Lessons with Greg Peterson

    Fruit Tree Care Lessons with Greg Peterson

    Join Greg Peterson from UrbanFarm.org as he shares five key fruit tree lessons that he has learned from starting a new orchard in North Carolina, applying lessons from 30 years of experience growing fruit trees on his urban farm in Phoenix, Arizona. Listen live to enter our contest to win this month's prize, UrbanFarm.org's Growing Food The Basics Course - $197 value.
    The host of The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast is Susan Poizner of the fruit tree care education website www.orchardpeople.com.  Tune into The Urban Forestry Radio Show LIVE by going to RealityRadio101.com on the last Tuesday of every month at 1.00 pm Eastern Time.

    Learn to grow organic fruit trees successfully. Sign up for OrchardPeople.com's premium online courses at https://learn.orchardpeople.com/. 

    (00:00) - Show Introduction
    (01:44) - Fruit Tree Lessons for New Growers Introduction
    (02:17) - Why Greg is moving to a new site to grow his fruit trees
    (09:17) - Greg's First Lesson: Wait a year before planting your first fruit trees
    (12:40) - Greg's second lesson: Understand IPM
    (22:49) - Greg's third lesson: Your first garden is your worst garden
    (25:28) - Advice from experienced growers from the North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX) group
    (26:02) - Labels and map your fruit trees
    (27:57) - Buy later ripening varieties (or early if you live in a warm climate)
    (29:35) - Elevate the planting zone
    (32:57) - Join the North American Fruit Explorers
    (33:58) - Messages from show sponsors
    (38:29) - Introduction to part 2
    (39:38) - Planting is trios
    (44:28) - Greg's fourth lesson: Pay attention and observe
    (45:47) - How Greg plants new trees
    (49:16) - Greg's lesson #5: Planting 150 trees is different than planting 5
    (51:24) - Dig holes for trees well in advance
    (51:52) - Learn how to graft fruit trees
    (52:30) - The importance of thinning the fruit on your tree
    (52:58) - The importance of correct fruit tree pruning
    (57:22) - Appreciation for Apple Podcast ratings and reviews
    (58:52) - How to learn more about Greg
    (59:32) - How to learn more about Susan and her fruit tree education website

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Hugelkultur with Paul Wheaton

    Hugelkultur with Paul Wheaton

    Learn how to cultivate thriving fruit trees and gardens even if you don't have the best soil by using the Hugelkultur technique. Tune in to this Tuesday's live radio show and podcast with guest Paul Wheaton from Permies.com.
    This month's contest prize is Garden Master Course by Helen Atthowe, an expert in "Beyond-organic" gardening. Valued at $85
    Podcast Prize Amazon Link: https://gardenmastercourse.com/
    The host of The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast is Susan Poizner of the fruit tree care education website www.orchardpeople.com.  Tune into The Urban Forestry Radio Show LIVE by going to RealityRadio101.com on the last Tuesday of every month at 1.00 pm Eastern Time.

    Learn to grow organic fruit trees successfully. Sign up for OrchardPeople.com's premium online courses at https://learn.orchardpeople.com/. 

    These video notes may contain affiliate links to products. We may receive a small commission for purchases made through these links at no cost to you. Thanks for your support!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    EASY GROW Fruit Trees and PRUNING with Harold Thornbro & Susan Poizner

    EASY GROW Fruit Trees and PRUNING with Harold Thornbro & Susan Poizner

    In this radio show and podcast, fruit tree educator Susan Poizner usually interviews experts in fruit tree care. But in this episode, Harold Thornbro of The Modern Homesteading Podcast interviews her! Topics covered include easy-to-grow fruit trees, how to prune fruit trees and improving harvest quality.
    Learn more about Harold and check out The Modern Homesteading Podcast here: https://redemptionpermaculture.com/category/podcast/

    Sign up for Susan's courses on fruit tree pruning, pest and disease management, young tree care here: https://learn.orchardpeople.com/

    For more videos, eBooks and podcasts about fruit tree care, visit https://orchardpeople.com/. Orchard People has made fruit tree care easier for thousands of home growers, gardeners and arborists in North America and beyond since 2013. 

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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40 Ratings

40 Ratings

FL tennissoccer mom ,

Lively conversation call in show

Gardening and growing fruit is a hobby of mine and I love hearing my fellow gardeners and hobby growers chat about new and solid time tested growing techniques. It's a nice hour spent with good regular people collaborating to solve problems and share information. Love the call-in aspect of this show-- it makes it lively and accessible.

Drl3711 ,

Great show for info about growing fruit trees!

Great show if you are getting started on growing fruit trees and want to give your trees the best chance of survival and high productivity long term.

Gardener and Chef ,

Solid information

Excellent guests. Good questions asked.

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