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.

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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)

Feb 19
Bushel & Berry: Baby Cakes  




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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New Berry Varieties
by Livi Lou - posted 06/26/17

This summer’s Liv Fruitful videos cover three interesting berry varieties to encourage and inspire you to give fruit growing a try. With a brand such as Bushel and Berry (formerly Brazelberries), it has become easier to grow fruit in smaller spaces.  


And with my garden product, you will be amazed at how much you can grow in a small space when you don’t have to compete with furry and feathered foes for each berry. The Ultimate Crop Cage is a garden bed that protects what is growing inside of it.  Photos, videos and order-taking will begin late summer.  I’m excited to bring this garden bed design to you!


What would you grow if you knew you could harvest it?


Maybe a double-cropping blueberry?  A white strawberry? A striped tomato?

Perpetua is a double-cropping blueberry variety by Bushel & Berry.  It is the only blueberry that produces two harvests; mid-summer and fall.  The berries are tiny, but are a beautiful dark blue color.  When fully ripe, it will have a blueberry muffin type of flavor.  Here is the video about it’s first June harvest at Livi Lou Garden. It is cold hardy to Zone 4.

Crimson Night is the sister plant to Double Gold, bred by Cornell University.  Like Double Gold, it is also double-cropping.  It has excellent dark red/purple berries that taste of fruit punch. The canes and leaves are also tinged with purple in the fall.  Unlike Double Gold, it is not as upright in growth habit. It is cold hardy to Zone 4. You can see the video here.


Baby Cakes is a dwarf blackberry variety by Bushel and Berry.  In some climates it may produce two crops a season.  It will grow to be 3-4ft in height and is cold hardy to Zone 4.   There are only a handful of dwarf blackberry varieties, but this is probably the only one you’ll find in a local nursery.  The berries taste like a classic blackberry.  I noticed it seemed more seedy than I would like, but it is a great way to add a blackberry bush to a small garden.


July, August and September should prove to be exciting months as the Livi Lou Fru-it Garden is introduced and we return to Hocking Hills Orchard for the Liv Local apple videos.



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