Fruit Tree Mulching Day in Ben Nobleman Park

Mulching a young Asian Pear tree in The Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard

After three days of rain and more to come, the volunteers of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard were surprised to have a beautiful, dry morning for our stewardship day. And with a yard of beautiful quality compost from Pick-A-Mix to distribute amongst the fruit trees, there was LOTS to do. (By the way, if you order compost from them, tell them you heard about it from Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard and they’ll give us a small discount next year!) Continue reading

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Apricot Trees in Bloom

Lynn poses in front of the apricot trees in Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard.

Well, spring is here if the beautiful apricot trees in Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard are blooming and if Lynn is back at her desk, ready to get us all organized for stewardship days this year.  Continue reading

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Pruning Apple Trees in Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard

Stacey, Susan and Giselle after pruning apple trees in Ben Nobleman Park

 

Pruning apple trees can be very similar to pruning any type of fruit tree in terms of fruit tree structure – but when it comes to timing, apple trees may have their own needs.

And so, when three key volunteers of The Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard spent time in the park this weekend, our apple trees were high up in our list of priorities.

As I teach in my online fruit tree pruning workshop, timing make a big difference when you’re pruning.

While winter pruning gives slow-growing trees like apple trees a burst of energy so that they will grow quicker and produce more fruit, summer pruning works best with vigorous trees like cherries and plums that quickly grow too big and become hard to handle.  Continue reading

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