Liv Fruitful with Livi Lou! She is currently breeding strawberries, developing a garden product, trialing plants and researching the history of heirloom fruit varieties. She writes about unique perennials and fruit plants, so that you can grow an ornamental fruit garden.

Recent Blog Posts

Mar 12
Timeline: Historic Apple Collection  

Oct 04
The Ultimate Crop-Cage  

Aug 09
Summer Photos  

Jun 26
New Berry Varieties  

May 28
Honey Bees: The Queen Signal  

May 01
Spring Annuals & Perennials  

Mar 31
What’s the shuck?  

Mar 19
The Emotional Benefit of Trees   (2 comments)




Timeline: Historic Apple Collection
by Livi Lou - posted 03/12/18

There are so many historic and interesting varieties from Hocking Hills Orchard, which grows over 1,000 apple varieties.  I love that we have such a historic collection here in Ohio.  Check out this visual timeline and choose the varieties that interest you the most.  You can then check out the corresponding video on my YouTube Channel to see more.  Make sure to visit Hocking Hills Orchard to see the variety up close!  I'll be back to the Orchard for Season 3 this Fall (2018). 



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The Ultimate Crop-Cage
by Livi Lou - posted 10/04/17

You step outside.  The dew has gathered like shimmering beads on the grass. The orange morning glow stretches across the lawn.  As you stroll, you admire the roses, still and elegant like as if time did not exist.  You eagerly turn to your tomato bed for a harvest. 

The tomatoes are scattered across the ground.  Chunks thrown here and there like a battle scene.  A deer has chewed through the protective netting.  Your harvest is ruined. Months of pruning and watering, wasted. 

“The strawberries!” You rush to your strawberry bed.  The red gems remain intact on the plants. You breathe a sigh of relief.  The strawberries will complement your breakfast nicely. You reach down—the fragrant berries greet you—and you lift the netting.  

A chipmunk rushes out! You exclaim in surprise and almost fall backwards. 

Deer chew through it.  Chipmunks squeeze underneath.  And just the other day, you had to free a bird that was caught in it.  There must be something better than netting.

We've all had experiences like the one illustrated.  Unless you have acres of garden space, one midnight snack by a deer can wipe out your entire tomato harvest.  This often discourages new gardeners from starting a garden too.

The Ultimate Crop-Cage™ is the only raised garden bed that completely protects your garden from furry and feathered foes.   I designed it to be long lasting, weather resistant, and easy to assemble and regularly access.  

It is made in Ohio from powder-coated steel. It will protect your plants from above, below and every direction an animal might attempt entry.  It is difficult for the animals, but easy for you.  All you have to do is open the door.  


Be the first to get the Ultimate Crop-Cage™ at  Get ready to grow that variety you’ve always wanted to taste!



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Summer Photos
by Livi Lou - posted 08/09/17

As always, July flies by in a blink of an eye.  August brings the return of Hocking Hills Orchard visits, the finalizing of our garden product, the maturity of garden plants, and the appreciation of the natural landscape.  Please enjoy these photos. And stay tuned for interesting apple varieties!

Annuals at their peak: Begonias are full, lush and colorful


A large leaf moth


Perennial thriving: Sedum sarmentosum groundcover as beautiful as ever


Inspiration: the artist in me loves the contrast of light and shadow in this photo


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