Guy Ames Tag

As a young, would-be organic farmer in the early 1970s, I drooled over the nursery catalog photographs of plump, succulent bunches of grapes as if they were the very essence and promise of good farming and good health. The genus containing grapes is Vitis, a word from the proto-Indo-European root, which means “living or life itself.” Wow. Grapes=life itself!
By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist...

[caption id="attachment_90397" align="alignright" width="353"] Peach flowers from a previous spring, a sight we won't be seeing much of this year because of the deep freeze. Photo: Guy Ames, NCAT[/caption] Better Than I Feared but Worse Than It Looks By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist A dipping polar vortex delivered a cruel and chilling Valentine's gift to the Midwest and South on Valentine's Week 2021. The damage in Texas may be among the worst. It certainly garnered the most headlines. An estimated $300 million winter citrus crop in the Rio Grande Valley is gone. Gone. Worse, it's likely that the trees in the...

Of the many names for this plant, "chuckleberry" is certainly my favorite, but I've only seen it in writing, never heard it spoken. Around the Ozarks where I live "sarvis" or "sarvisberry" seems to be the most commonly spoken, at least among the old-timers.
By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist...

All across the South and as far north as USDA Climate Zone 5, fall planting of fruit trees can help get fruit trees off to a big head-start compared to fruit trees planted in spring. Why? The answer is a small thing and as thin as the thinning hairs on my old head.
By Guy Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist...

In this short video, NCAT Horticulture Specialist Guy Ames takes us out to his orchard to demonstrate how to determine ripeness in apples and pears. For more on the subject see his latest blog post, Apples and Pears: How to Tell When They're Ripe. We’d appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to complete a brief survey to let us know what you thought of the content we’ve presented here. Thank you!...

I don't grow peaches. That unhappy confession is despite the fact that I grow peach trees. And rot. I grow a lot of brown rot.
By Guy Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist...

I’m seeing peach leaf curl in my orchard. It’s April, but the calendar date is not as important as the growth stage of the peaches.
By Guy K. Ames
NCAT Horticulture Specialist In Northwest Arkansas
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I can hardly think of a perennial fruit easier to grow than elderberries. And I can hardly think of a food item with a stronger claim to health benefits. Coupling the ease of growing with this fruit’s new popularity as an effective medicine, this could be an opportune time for growers to consider establishing an elderberry planting for their family, or perhaps, more ambitiously, a commercial venture.
By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist...