Urban Forestry Radio

Urban Forestry Radio

Learn to grow fruit trees and food forests successfully, gaining actionable insights in every podcast episode. Join fruit production instructor Susan Poizner as she interviews experts on fruit trees, food forests and permaculture. Winner of the 2021 GardenComm Silver Award of Achievement for Broadcast Media: Radio Program Overall.


November 28, 2023 61 mins

Join Greg Peterson from UrbanFarm.org as he shares five key fruit tree lessons that he has learned from starting a new orchard in North Carolina, applying lessons from 30 years of experience growing fruit trees on his urban farm in Phoenix, Arizona. Listen live to enter our contest to win this month's prize, UrbanFarm.org's Growing Food The Basics Course - $197 value.

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Learn how to cultivate thriving fruit trees and gardens even if you don't have the best soil by using the Hugelkultur technique. Tune in to this Tuesday's live radio show and podcast with guest Paul Wheaton from Permies.com.

This month's contest prize is Garden Master Course by Helen Atthowe, an expert in "Beyond-organic" gardening. Valued at $85

Podcast Prize Amazon Link: https://gardenmastercourse.com/

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In this radio show and podcast, fruit tree educator Susan Poizner usually interviews experts in fruit tree care. But in this episode, Harold Thornbro of The Modern Homesteading Podcast interviews her! Topics covered include easy-to-grow fruit trees, how to prune fruit trees and improving harvest quality.

Learn more about Harold and check out The Modern Homesteading Podcast here: https://redemptionpermaculture.com/category/p...

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What do you do with your bumper crop of apples? In this episode, learn how to can apples easily while keeping your loved ones safe from risks like botulism and mold! Our guest is homesteading and canning expert Melissa K. Norris of the Pioneering Today Podcast and Academy.

Listeners who tune into the show live will be able to enter this month's contest to win Everything Worth Preserving: The Complete Guide for Food Preserv...

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In this episode, Susan Poizner talks to Tom Spellman of Dave Wilson Nursery in Hickman California about the book "How to Prune Fruit Trees and Roses". Tom is one of a team of experts who have updated and revised the classic fruit tree pruning book by R Sandford Martin.

Listeners who tune into the show live will be able to enter this month's contest to win How to Prune Fruit Trees and Roses - The Revised Edition by R Sandfor...

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Once you had to choose: Either grow American persimmons that are hardy, but not great for fresh eating -  or grow the sweet and tasty Asian persimmons that thrived in warmer climates. Well, now you can enjoy the best of both by sourcing a hybrid persimmon. So in this episode I will chat with Darren Bender-Beauregard of Brambleberrypermaculture.com about growing hybrid persimmons in this episode.

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Learn how to turn fermented plant juice, eggshells and other locally sourced materials into effective fruit tree fertilizers with Nigel Palmer, author of The Regenerative Grower's Guide to Garden Amendments: Using locally sourced materials to make mineral and biological extracts and ferments.

If you listen to the show live, you can enter our contest to win a copy of Nigel's book valued at $22.99.

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April 25, 2023 62 mins

Javier Rivera of Stone River Nursery in Central Florida talks about the potential of grafting when creating multi-cultivar trees, fruit salad trees, and even trees that grow in places that you wouldn't expect them to - like apple trees in Florida! 

The prize for today's show is ColourPoint Bypass Pro Pruners by Dramm valued at $28.62. The prize winner will be able to pick the vibrant colour of their choice! 

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If you want to enjoy a harvest, you need to protect the blossoms on your fruit tree from late season freezing events. Learn how to do that with Dr Kevin Folta, Department Chair, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

The prize for this episode's contest is Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden: Planting and Tending Small Fruit Trees and Berries in Gardens and Containers by Christy-Wilhe...

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March 1, 2023 61 mins

Learn how to find and propagate wild fig trees with Sam Hubert, a passionate "fig hunter" and nursery manager of One Green World Nursery and Garden Center in Portland Oregon.

Listeners to the live show could enter this month's contest to win a $50 gift certificate from One Green World Nursery.

Watch a video of this episode here.

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B9? EMLA107? What's the difference between the many different types of rootstocks used for apple trees. And which is the best for you? In this episode, John Strang, Retired Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialist from the University of Kentucky, will chat with us about apple rootstocks.

If you listen to the show live, you can enter this month's contest to win The Modern Homestead Garden: Growing Self-Sufficiency in Any Si...

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December 28, 2022 60 mins

If you love growing fruit trees and other edible plants, you might consider a career as a "foodscaper." Matt Lebon of Customfoodscaping.com talks about how to transform a garden into an edible oasis and about his upcoming summit for professional foodscapers.

You can download a free PDF with Matt Lebon's favorite "funky" foodscaping plants for zone 6 here.

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November 30, 2022 61 mins

Learn about some of the best tasting hardy apple trees available to northern growers with Bob Osborne, the owner of Corn Hill Nursery in New Brunswick, Canada and author of Hardy Apples: Growing Apples in Cold Climates. Listen to the show live to enter our contest to win a copy of this beautiful hardcover book.

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October 25, 2022 67 mins

Hardy kiwi vines produce berries that are sweeter than table grapes and they have more vitamin C per ounce than an average orange. And while the fruit is similar to the larger, fuzzy kiwis that grow in New Zealand and California, kiwi berries have edible skin.

In this episode our guest is Iago Hale, Associate Professor in Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems at the University of New Hampshire and he explains how to grow...

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According to Entomologist Thomas M. Dykstra, Ph.D. of Dykstra Laboratories in Gainesville, Florida, insect pests can't attack healthy plants. Learn more and ask your questions in this live radio show.

In the show, Thomas mentions that anyone can measure leaf brix with two tools: 

Thomas also mentions a PDF Leaf Brix Chart. Here are two versions of it to do...

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August 31, 2022 61 mins

There are some fantastic heirloom peach cultivars that are not available at your local supermarket....but you can grow them at home! Lawton Pearson of Pearson Farm talks about his family's history of growing peaches in Georgia and his favourite cultivars.

You can find a video excerpt from the show here: https://youtu.be/zZtV8o1B4EY

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July 27, 2022 61 mins

Commercial growers are increasingly growing sweet cherries and other fruits in an easy to prune, maintain and harvest fruiting wall structure. Matthew Whiting, Extension Specialist from Washington State University, played a key role in developing the UFO cherry fruiting wall system and he explains how they are grown.

During the interview, Matthew mentions this document which describes the steps for creating a UFO c...

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Learn how to transform your backyard into a food forest, integrating existing fruit trees and shrubs into the design. Dani Baker, author of The Home-Scale Forest Garden: How to Plan, Plant and Tend a Resilient Edible Landscape is our show guest. Dani is the owner of Cross Island Farms in Wellesley Island, NY and the creator of The Enchanted Edible Forest.

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Fruit trees can be productive, but they can also be beautiful! In this episode learn how to create an espalier fruit tree planting where the tree is trained up against a wall or fence.  Our expert guest will be Ron Perry, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University (MSU) (Retired) and Co-Author of Espalier Fruit Trees for Northern Gardens: Creating Fruit Trees as Art (affiliate link). Em...

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April 26, 2022 62 mins

In the past, you would consult a plant hardiness zone map if you wanted to know whether a fruit tree or any other plant could survive in your climate.  But our climate is quickly changing. Are plant hardiness zone maps still helpful?

In this episode, we chat about plant hardiness zones with two research scientists from the Canadian Forest Service. They are Dan McKenney, PhD and John Pedlar. You can learn more about their w...

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