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Organic Fruits + Berries with Rodale Institute and Corona Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, Sep, 12, 2014 @ 15:09 PM

RodaleInstituteBerries resized 600Fruits and berries freshly picked from the garden taste even better when there is no pesticide residue on them! Many small fruits like strawberries produce a heavy yield in a small area. Bush fruits like blueberries and raspberries produce reliably year after year. Dwarf and Columnar fruit trees can also find a place in even the smallest gardens. This week #Plantchat covers growing berries and fruits organically. 

Learn how to extend the season with early and late varieties, how to control pests before they become a problem, and how to keep the soil fertile and restore Nature's balance.  

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Aaron Kinsman of Rodale Institute @RodaleInstitute for this week's topic, Organic Fruits and Berries. The live chat begins Monday, Septembe 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview  

RodaleInstiteFruitBerriesRaspberries resized 600Organic Growing -Organic fruits and berries can tricky to grow successfully, but it’s worth it!

Most Important - 3 most important things about growing fruits and berries organically?  Compost, compost & compost! 

Restore Nature's Balance - Restore balance to natural cycles to reduce pest and weed pressures.  Pesticides and herbicides only disrupt the cycle further.

 Integrated Pest Management - IPM is a good first step toward a more environmentally friendly agriculture, but producing organic tree fruits in the Northeast is certainly not impossible. In fact, Rodale Institute has been growing organic apples for more than 30 years.

Relative Pest Populations - In the Northeast, we face twice as many fruit growing diseases as the West Coast. We have more than 60 insect pests to combat, many of which our West Coast friends have never even seen.

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

photos courtesy of Rodale Institute

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Rodale Institute, Organic Berries and Fruits

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