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Summer Pruning of Fruit Trees
Currently Chris is busy teaching Summer pruning of Fruit Trees. He is running a workshop series at Sophie’s Patch. Participants are learning how to get maximum fruit from your trees and keep them to a manageable size so you don’t need ladders to pick their fruit or prune them. Summer pruning will benefit your deciduous fruit trees in multiple ways, and can be used for shaping younger trees as they develop, helping to reduce size of established trees, reducing or possibly eliminating winter pruning and importantly improving the health of the tree and quality of your fruit. Chris is running these workshops in conjunction with sixth generation orchardist Wes Redden, whom has an absolute wealth of knowledge in the commercial productive management of fruit trees in Adelaide Hills and surrounds.
Preparing the Soil key to plant health
We are busily planting fruit trees, and preparing soil for spring.
With spring beginning to spring, its a great time to start planting, and preparing the soil with compost and additives such as gypsum and effective microbes (EM). Check your pH, and see what you are dealing with, this will help to identify things you can do to help your soil and thus plants access their essential nutrients.
Tips, weed your garden beds, and add organic compost and or composted manures, add ‘good bugs’to your soil, with things like worm juice and comfrey liquid or gogo juice. Let the compost break down and the microbes work in the soil before planting. Then just before planting, when the soil is a little warmer, do your final weed and mulch strait away, to reduce the next round of weeds appearing.
Make sure when you transplant trees you give them a good prune, 1/3 off, to allow for the reduced root size, and to help reduce transplant stress and promote healthy root growth.
Choose good quality plants from a local growers or nursery persons.
Contact us if you need any help getting your garden growing
Yandoit Earthworks Course, with VEG and Darren Doherty
Practical Earthworks Course in Yandoit Farm.
A great time was had, and we all chipped in to help Michael and Lisa help create their dreams of water catchment and storage, transport and community building.
Learnt heaps. Made some new friends, and connected with some crew from VEG in Melbourne.
Got some great videos, that will upload when we compress the size and edit. See below for some pics