Twas a gorgeous day to be out on east oxford allotments nurturing trees and cutting back weeds and unwieldy growth- and investing in the future of Oxford’s locally sourced fruit!
We invited the very knowledgeable and patient Rupert Mayhew to come and teach us how to prune fruit trees- focusing on apples as this is the right time of year to be pruning them (as opposed to trees of the prunus variety – i.e. plums, apricots & gages etc which are later- usually pruned in March but which can be pruned even up until May)
Can’t see the pruning apprentices for the very unkempt and overgrown plum tree that we were looking at (and planning a spring attack)
Pete a visitor and friend from Sheffield Abundance (the original) saws a branch from this unkempt apple tree
Pete shows Dawn the wonder of “horizontal branches” (they like to grow fruit)
If you’d like to learn how to prune fruit trees and/or would like to learn and prune your apple tree at once- get in touch! Either email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07708776392 any evening from 6:30pm. If you want to learn- it’s best to sign up to our pruning workshops (dates tbc/to be arranged at tree-owners and skill-sharers convenience) at:
https://docs.google.com/a/ewb-uk.org/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFJBVUZobG5JRnVTSTlLclc2RW5lclE6MQ (we won’t do anything with your details but contact you about pruning- & phone no is handy for us in case of postponing due to weather conditions.)
We saved some “scion wood” (one year old growth) from an “Irish Peach” apple variety http://www.blackmoor.co.uk/products/253 to GRAFT with at our upcoming grafting workshop. Irish Peach are meant to be great for growing even in North England and cooler climates, and are a darn tasty eater. We’re looking forward to the fruit from them in a few years time!
Keep your eyes peeled for more info on when you can learn how to prune and when the grafting workshop is (preliminary date 9th March & possibly 10th March as well). We’ll post info on our facebook site as well as updating our “EVENTS” tab at the top of the blog, and the calendar in the side panel- which has handy links so you can add the events to gmail calendars so you don’t forget 🙂