Pruning progress

Mid-winter 2013 and our focus is on rejuvenating a section of the orchard that has become overgrown after some failed trellising experiment from the past. A messy trail of deadwood along the top wire indicates that for some years in lieu of pruning back to stimulate new fruiting wood, the trees were just left to grow new wood at the tops of the trees. Those branches were then trellised to the top wire. It was messy – the deadwood now is still a thick tangle – and the former owner said it was the result of bad advice. We are clearing it away, weeding around the irrigation line so we can monitor leakages, and pruning the trees right back and training them into Spanish trellis with 6 limbs each side trained vertically up the trellis to allow as much light in as possible.

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