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Watch: Michael Phillips Describes His Holistic Orcharding Approach

If you’re just starting out with growing fruit trees, you’ll want to get the best advice possible early on, to avoid traumatizing your trees or making easy mistakes that can cause you a headache later on.

The following videos show Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way and The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist, in his Lost Nation Orchard in northern New Hampshire. Michael shares with us his growing philosophy and his holistic approach to orchard management.

Taking a whole-systems approach helps Michael produce some of the most delicious fruit around. His techniques include using herb teas to nourish the trees, boosting silica in his plants to ward off disease, and taking the utmost care in balancing the health and nutrition of his orchard’s soil. Michael currently grows 60-80 varieties of apples, including several heirloom varieties.

Have a look at the videos below to learn more.

 

Lost Nation Orchard – the Holistic Approach from Chris Conroy on Vimeo.

 

Lost Nation Orchard – Groveton, NH from Chris Conroy on Vimeo.

 

Phillips’s classic text The Apple Grower is available in our bookstore, along with his new book The Holistic Orchard.


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