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WORKSHOP NOTES onTree Behaviour and Reaction to Pruning (Spur bearing Apple and Pear Trees).

Posted on:
October 29, 2014
Author:
charlotte

These notes are to go with my tree pruning workshops and are for revision purposes for those who have attended these. I hope that they will also help newcomers to pruning. What we want is a calm, long-lived healthy tree with plump ripe fruit. What it wants to do is be an unruly skyward reaching [...]

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Basic Guidelines for Maintenance and Renewal Pruning (Spur Bearing Apple and Pear Trees).

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October 29, 2014
Author:
charlotte

IMPORTANT : Prune apples and pears (pips) after leaf fall and before bud burst (Nov-Mar). Remove new water-shoots in Summer. Prune plums, cherries etc. (stones) after bud burst and before damp Autumn conditions arise (May-August).  Maintenance. Look around the tree, taking note of its general structure and the space between the branches. Remove dead, diseased [...]

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Formative pruning (1- 4yrs old) of apple and pear trees.

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October 29, 2014
Author:
charlotte

IMPORTANT : Prune apples and pears (pips) after leaf fall and before bud burst (Nov-mar). Remove new water-shoots in Summer. Prune plums, cherries etc. (stones) after bud burst and before damp Autumn conditions arise (May-August).  1year old trees (maidens), Choose where you want the main branches to develop, they will remain at the height chosen [...]

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Orchards (5) Mulching trees

Posted on:
June 13, 2013
Author:
charlotte

When the ground has warmed up and the soil is moist it is a good time to mulch fruit trees. Mulching of young trees  is important if they are to thrive well and it is particularly important for those trees on smaller rootstocks. Grass roots are dense and compete for space, water and nutrients but [...]

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Orchards (4). Planting fruit trees.

Posted on:
April 10, 2013
Author:
charlotte

I think that is all the trees planted for this season, we have planted eight fruit trees in the Empty Common Community Garden and 20 fruit trees on my land. Planting should be done between December and March and times of heavy frost should be avoided. In heavy clay soils which are likely to remain [...]

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Orchards (3) Pruning two year olds

Posted on:
February 10, 2013
Author:
charlotte

Orchards (3). Pruning two year olds. After all the bitterly cold weather it was good to be out for a day of pruning and learning as I helped Bob Lever prune the two year old apple trees in East of England Apple and Orchard Project’s orchard. Their orchard  has two of each East Anglian variety [...]

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Creating our Forest Garden (2). Planting on access strip

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January 10, 2013
Author:
charlotte

I have finally decided what to do with the access strip and how I am going to plant it. I have decided on the plan alongside for the following reasons:   Rootstocks. The apple trees are to be on MM106 rootstock the pears will be on Quince A, the plums/gages etc will be on St [...]

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Orchards (2). Poor pear trees.

Posted on:
December 19, 2012
Author:
charlotte

  Today I went up to the community orchard and pampered some young pear trees which have suffered badly from some human, weather and pest vandalism. They were planted to grow as espalier trees but are all over the place, Some have shoots everywhere except where they should be and some have virtually no side [...]

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Orchards (1). How we should live with nature.

Posted on:
December 8, 2012
Author:
charlotte

Orchards (1). How we should live with nature. I have fallen in love with orchards. I have been studying their ecology and management  in books on these cold wintery evenings and have also taken the East of England Apple and Orchard Project’s day courses on how to rescue, recover, formative prune and create orchards. The [...]

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Creating our Forest Garden (1).

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May 9, 2012
Author:
charlotte

Welcome to my first blog about our forest garden. I hope to keep a diary of what is happening on a piece of land that I am going to turn into a productive landscape. Last Autumn I bought 5.5 acres (2.2 hectares) of land but have hardly had any time to be there. Still it [...]

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