Tag Archives: 2019 Urban Orchard Series

Urban Orchard Series: Maintenance

Orchard maintenance is a hands-on workshop training you on proper techniques and strategies to keep your fruit trees productive: seasonal spraying, insect management and general care. This workshop will be hosted at the Brazoria Environmental Education Station (BEES) orchard and classroom. Workshop fee is $20 and registration is open for each class. The Urban Orchard Series is supported by Brazoria County AgriLife Extension and Horticulture Agent Stephen Brueggerhoff, focusing on supporting and improving the home orchard. For more information, call: 979-864-1558; email: sbrueggerhoff@tamu.edu.

Urban Orchard Series: Pruning

Fruit tree pruning is a hands-on workshop training you on pruning basics: function and form, open center versus central leader, tree shaping and more. We will include information on maintenance and fertilizer scheduling. This workshop will be hosted at the Brazoria Environmental Education Station (BEES) orchard and classroom. Workshop fee is $20 and registration will open for each class starting mid-December 2018. The Urban Orchard Series is supported by Brazoria County AgriLife Extension and Horticulture Agent Stephen Brueggerhoff, focusing on supporting and improving the home orchard. For more… Read More →

Fruit Tree Planting: Dig In!

This is the time of year to be planting your orchard with fruit and citrus trees. Let’s dig in with a brief review of site selection and planting basics for a healthy and productive orchard. As mentioned in previous articles, the success of any planting starts from the ground up. The challenge in Brazoria County is the predictable unpredictability of our native soil profile. The success of your orchard relies on deep, well-drained soil with adequate amounts of organic matter. Invest in the health of your orchard by… Read More →

Persimmon for a Fruitful Winter

I am a recent convert to the delicious taste of persimmon. We have a tree at Extension’s Brazoria Environmental Education Station (BEES) orchard in Angleton that produced fruit with a sweet and almost jelly-like flesh that was outstanding in taste and texture. I invite you to consider persimmon for your home orchard. While native varieties such as the American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) can be cultivated, varieties of Japanese persimmon (Diospyros kaki), sometimes called Oriental persimmon or Kaki, are often used in space constricted urban orchards. These fruiting members… Read More →