"To have the best fruit, you must grow it yourself"

Edward A. Bunyard, The Anatomy of Dessert, 1929




A word from the makers:


This 'self-paced' online course has grown out of our 10 years of managing Hatchet & Seed - Edible Landscapes in 'the garden city' - Victoria, BC.

Designing, installing & co-evolving with our own backyard edible landscapes, as well as our client's orchards/edible landscapes has been humbling and gratifying.

Being so multi-locational - with projects all throughout Southern Vancouver Island - we've learnt a lot in those ten years from both mistakes & successes.

While cultivating fruit may seem as easy as planting fruit trees, there are many factors to consider.

Site selection, soil type, soil preparation, planting, training, pruning, pest management, harvest, processing & storage are all important considerations to plan for ahead of time.

We've designed this course to be a high-quality, well-organized, multi-media reference place for those seeking help on their journey to horticultural & homesteading mastery.

While our ten years of experience has been enlightening, we are still early-learners in the unbelievably rich world of fruit cultivation. This is why we're thrilled to have partnered with Bob & Verna Duncan of Fruit Trees & More in North Saanich, BC. They bring several additional decades of wisdom growing rare & unique fruits in our eco-region. We're also featuring some other friends and colleagues who have fruit wisdom to share!

We sincerely hope you enjoy, Tayler & Solara.

What Can You Look Forward To In This Course?


This mixed media course includes:

  • 45 minutes of video from the inspiring Fruit Trees & More in North Saanich
  • 90 minutes of video training & tours of project sites by the Hatchet & Seed Team
  • Over 120 minutes of thematic, multi-media slideshows cut into short segments for your convenience
  • Dozens of curated online resources (links, e-Books & PDFs) on all things fruit & nuts
  • 3-year access

PLEASE NOTE: This course covers tree fruits only and does not cover berries or nuts.


Stay tuned for more courses.

Course Curriculum

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Go module by module; or use content as searchable reference guide.


  Welcome! Course Introduction
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  Tour of Fruit Trees & More with Bob Duncan, August 2020 (North Saanich, BC)
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  Choosing Fruits & Nuts
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  Planning Your Fruit & Nut Orchard: From Backyards to Farms
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  Soil Preparation & Planting
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  Seasonal Pruning & Training
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  Pest, Disease & Fertility Management
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  Harvest, Processing & Storage Tips
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  Feedback & Suggestions
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Our First Online Course


We're excited to add more content throughout 2021 and make tweaks based on feedback.


Planning & Design


Choosing Fruit & Nuts


Soil Preparation & Planting


Pruning & Training


Pest & Disease Management


Harvest, Processing & Storage


Who Will Benefit The Most From This Course?


  • Gardeners keen to care for a few fruit trees and take their understanding to the next level
  • People considering planting a small home orchard whose site get 6-8 hours of full sun during the growing season
  • Landscapers & designers keen to incorporate more fruit into their landscapes
  • Land-stewards planning to install mixed orchards

The information in this course is specific to the bio-region on Southern Vancouver Island & the Pacific Northwest.






Not Recommended If:

  • You cannot put the 5+ hours of information in this course to use
  • The site you want to grow fruit on does not have 6-8 hours of direct sunlight during the growing season
  • You can find what you need for free on Youtube (there is tons of great, free content out there already)
  • You do not enjoy self-paced learning



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