The Garden at Winterhaven Devas, Nature Spirits, Fairies Oh My
We have a small orchard where we grow apples, figs, cherries, plums, pears and filberts. In addition, we grow blueberries, grapes, red currants, gooseberries and strawberries. And of course we are graced with a full collection of native and non-native blackberries and native huckleberries.

I prune the trees (except the filberts) and blueberries during a warm spell in January or February. The filberts don't need pruning unless you want to chase the suckers that they form.

I don't spray at all. For years that was okay. In the last couple of years we've been hit badly by apple maggot. I tried lures and sticky traps without much result. Then I tried using nylon footies last year and they worked great. You feel pretty silly putting little socks on all the fruit in late June but it makes for wonderful bug-free fruit.

I've had problems the last couple of years with scab on the pears. This year I very carefully raked up and removed all the leaves after they dropped in hopes of removing the main source of spores for this coming year. We'll see how it goes.

We reliably get the most fruit from the apples, pears, grapes, gooseberries, red currants, strawberries and blueberries.