How To Prune Fruit Trees

A workshop to boost your pruning confidence. Good pruning = good fruiting! Compact and productive fruit trees can happen  Though the best (and simplest) time to start is when trees are young – wild and woolly trees can be tamed too. We’ll begin the day with all the basics: Tools, when to prune, choosing a shape, […]

Pondering Pruning and New Fruit Trees

Ponder. “To think about something carefully before reaching a conclusion.” Oh, the difference when we ponder! It’s a game-changing state of mind. And it is my gift to you this May – to send you off for a tool-free wander, to ponder your winter’s pruning. Having no tools to hand takes the pressure off, making […]

Branching Out

I hate a glaring gap, an empty space on a fruit tree where a branch should be … needs to be! Here’s a simple, old school trick to stimulate a bit of branching out. Choose a lovely fat bud in the locale of the wished for branch. Using something sharp take a slice out of […]

July in the Orchard

Planting fruit trees is a pleasure – it’s those visions of cellared apples, of bottled pears and fresh apricots that make it so. How to tie a fruit tree Please stake your new trees well. Remove that flimsy bamboo stake and the green tape that holds it there (these are not intended to be permanent). […]