Home Orchard Society
Growing Good Fruit at Home
On January 29, 2005, Larry McGraw passed away at the age of 82, at Keizer, Oregon, after several years of battling cancer. Born in Huntington, Oregon, Larry was the eldest of 14 children. After graduating from Wallowa High School, he joined the Air Force and served as a B-24 belly gunner in... More
Last year an HOS friend, Wilma McNulty, gave me a
photocopy of an article on clay pot irrigation that appeared in
the Pome News some years ago. It was adapted FROM additions
by Ted Swensen for Pome News.
David Bainbridge of the University of California tried a
variation on an old... More
It's good to have black currants growing in your back garden because they are so versatile for desserts and meat sauces, jams, jellies, juice and liqueur. The fruit has great color and tangy flavor and is an excellent source of vitamin C (4 times that of citrus or blueberries) and antioxidants.... More
If you raise plants from seed indoors, you may often find that they are tall and spindly. There are a couple things you can do if your plants are this way. One reason may be the lack of adequate light. If possible, increase the lighting.
Another reason is that the seedlings are sheltered... More
Joanie Cooper has been bugging me for some time to
find a way to control box elder bugs. These are the ones with
the red edge to their wings and which congregate in the fall
around most buildings.
Note color of the building they migrate to and then paint
some old plywood, poster board or... More
I know you've seen them, and have likely used one, but do
you own a Tripod Orchard Ladder? My first memory of such
a ladder is that of my Father climbing a tall 3-legged Wooden
Monster at a U-pick cherry orchard. He'd toss down fat black
Bings to us kids scrambling below.
My frst climbing... More