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What You Need To Know About Growing Backyard Fruit Trees

The topic is all about deciduous fruit trees!

Getting Started with Urban Orcharding

  • Farmer Greg’s favorite thing to grow and why
  • What is Urban Orcharding
  • Keeping your trees small
    • Easy to manage
    • Successive Ripening
    • Hedges
    • Planting Distances
  • Creating the Perfectly Pruned Fruit Tree – Citrus Month

3 Ways to Kill your Fruit Trees or any tree for that matter

  • Plant in a hot Micro Climate
    • Gravel
    • Dirt
    • Block Walls
  • Plant in Grass
  • Water With Drip Irrigation
  • The Solution to it all is my 6/6 Rule & Creating Healthy Soil
  • What to plant in the hole
    • 60/40 Planting Mix/Native Soil
    • Mycorrhiza
    • Worm Castings

What to grow and why

  • The Deciduous fruits that do the best here
    • Apples
    • Apricots
    • Peaches
    • Plums
    • Berries
    • Grapes
  • Farmer Greg’s “no” list and why
    • Cherries
    • Nectarines
    • Nuts
    • Pears

3 Key Factors to Fruit Tree Growing Success

  • Did you know that you can go into most nurseries and they will sell you a fruit tree that won’t make fruit?!

Here is what you need to know

  • Plant low chill trees
  • Plant on the correct Rootstocks
  • Plant trees that ripen before July 10th

8/28/21 broadcast details:

Farmer Greg Peterson has the lowdown to ultimate fruit tree success:

  • Digging the proper hole
  • Dirt and planting mix proportions for the hole
  • Mulch
  • Fertilizing
  • Watering
  • Shade
  • Rootstocks
  • Chill hours
  • and more!

We also cover the varieties that work in the low desert and the 3 things that can kill your fruit trees.


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You’ll be surprised to know what fruits grow well in the low desert. The Urban Farm’s Greg Peterson lists the specific fruit and citrus trees to plant. Difference between bare root and potted with the importance of trunk diameter at the tree base. Proper method to plant a tree from digging the hole to creating healthy soil. Watering and fertilizing techniques to get you thru hot summers and cold winters.

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Farmer Greg Peterson loves growing fruit and citrus trees. He discusses what it takes to set yourself up for successful good eats! From chill hours and root stocks to avoiding areas that can hurt those trees, he lists the varieties that can thrive and those that don’t do well. Plus explains why trees are generally sold by pot size and what to look for before you buy.

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Farmer Greg has the tried and true methods to grow your own fruits and citrus. Areas to avoid planting those trees, digging the proper hole, the formula for creating healthy soil because dirt by itself won’t work. Explains his 6/6 rule to insulate the ground from heat and cold. Deep watering advice, fertilizing and more for great results.

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Planting and a little proper care of fruit and citrus trees can produce for years, even decades! Farmer Greg talks about the varieties of fruit trees that produce in the low desert. We also discuss the importance of chill hours and root stock. Beware! Before you plant, discover the 3 ways you can kill your trees. Digging the proper hole isn’t all you need to do, there is also a mix of planting ingredients for the hole. Learn Farmer Greg’s 6-6 rule for health and nutrition and watering tips from winter to summer to keep from overwatering.


Farmer Greg Peterson has the lowdown to ultimate fruit tree success. Digging the proper hole, dirt and planting mix proportions for the hole, mulch, fertilizing, watering, shade, root stocks, chill hours and more. The varieties that work in the low desert and the 3 things that can kill your fruit trees.



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