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Episode-1415- Stefan Sobkowiak on the Permaculture Orchard

Stefan Sobkowiak  of Miracle Farms

Stefan Sobkowiak of Miracle Farms

Twenty years ago, Stefan Sobkowiak bought a commercial apple orchard with the intention of converting it to an organic orchard. He did just that, but eventually understood the limitations of the organic model originating from monoculture.

He then decided to tear out most of the trees and replant in a way that would maximize biodiversity and yield while minimizing the amount of maintenance required. Inspired by permaculture principles, the orchard now counts over 100 cultivars of apples, plums, pears, cherries, and countless other fruits and vegetables.

Today’s interview was like meeting a kindred spirit.  Stefan and I spoke for almost two hours and barely covered half of what I wanted to discuss with him.

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Episode-1339- 21 Things I Planted this Year and Why

Things Have Changed a LOT in a Year!

Things Have Changed a LOT in a Year! Click for a Full Sized Image.

The last few weeks have been a wirlwind of activity at the Spirko homestead.  We had a workshop where over 30 students planted about 200 or more trees and bushes.  But it didn’t stop there.  Since that time I have been busy as hell so I can take the next ten days off and soak my butt on the beach in Florida.

Before I jet out in the AM, I figured a quick little recap of some of the more unique things I planted this year and why I planted them might make for a fun and more lighthearted show then we have recently had.

The goals I have had for the TSP homestead are really two fold.  One of course is simply a diverse and heavily producing system.  To accomplish this I planted a lot of the usual suspects, peaches, pecans, pears, apples and plums for instance.  These plants are proven producers in my climate.  The other goal though was to have an average person come on site during peak season and be able to actually eat a half dozen in season items that they had never even heard of.

The reason is that really opens up peoples mind as to what is possible.  Some of this unusual stuff is really hardy for my climate and we know it will do.  Others are marginal and we are using select micro climates to try to establish them.

Join Me Today As I Tell You About These Plants…

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Episode-971- Dr. Lee Reich on Growing Fruit Naturally

Lee Reich, PhD and Self Proclaimed "Farmdener"

Lee Reich, PhD and Self Proclaimed “Farmdener”

Lee Reich, PhD is an avid farmdener (more than a garden, less than a farm), gardening consultant, and writer who has worked in plant and soil research with the U. S. Department of Agriculture and Cornell University.

Dr. Reich is a well known author, most recently he published, of The Pruning Book and Grow Fruit Naturally.  He is also the author of 4 additional books.

Lee writes regularly for Associated Press and publications such as Fine Gardening and Horticulture and Mother Earth News. His garden has been featured in such publications as the New York Times and Martha Stewart Living, has won awards from National Gardenign and Organic Gardening magazines, and has been included in “Open Days” tours of the Garden Conservancy.

Lee joins us today to discuss how anyone in the nation can grow fruit naturally by choosing the right fruits and varieties.   We will discuss the most important first consideration in growing fruit naturally and what fruit would Lee would grow if he could grow only one fruit.  We will also discuss how you can eat fresh fruit through most of the winter months and other season extending tips.

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Episode-833- David Consolvo on Establishing and Growing a Survival Orchard

Trees Can Produce for Decades or Even Centuries

Photo Credit to London Permaculture via Flickr

Note – At times there is a lot of distortion on David’s end in this interview.  I never head it during the recording.  It isn’t constant please excuse the few occurrences as the content of the show is exceptional.

David Consolvo has been growing his orchard in Virgina for over 23 years now.  He originally began planting his orchard in a quest for better health and nutrition.   Over the years he has found it to help his health both physical and mental in other ways simply by the joy of working in it, watching his trees grow and having the security of food close at hand.

Over the years Dave has also become a prepper and is a long time listener of our show.  He has a root cellar he calls a “fruit cellar” and has integrated his ability to produce food into his emergency planning.

Join David and I Today as We Discuss…

  • What are some common beginner mistakes in planting an orchard
  • What are some of the best varieties to keep dependence on inputs low
  • Which fruits grow best in which climates
  • How can you have your own fresh fruits year round
  • How can you self propagate trees/bushes/vines
  • What nut varieties get into the earliest production
  • What “exotic varieties” have done well in the US so far
  • Uses for trimmings and prunings from your trees
  • Combating disease, insects and deer

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