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Soils and Sites for Organic Orchards and Vineyards

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By Guy K. Ames and Rex Dufour, NCAT Agriculture Specialists

Published: November 2017

Updated: n/a



12 pages


The perennial nature of fruiting trees, bushes, and vines allows for a more permanent, sustainable agriculture based on healthy soil. This publication discusses site selection and soil preparation for fruit plantings. It also describes cover crop and mulching options for orchards and vineyard floors, and discusses fertilization and the role of mycorrhizae in maintaining healthy fruit plants. A list of additional resources is included.

Table of Contents

Site Selection
Soil Preparation for Fruit Plantings
Orchard Floor Management
Vineyard Floor Management
Mycorrhizae and Fruit Plants
Further Resources

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