Trim, trim-iny, trim-trim tra-roo

The Victoria Standard - - Community -

Den­nis Laf­fan (in tree), of North River, guided nine bud­ding tree pruners through the ba­sics of re­ju­ve­nat­ing old ap­ple trees. The hands-on tree prun­ing work­shop spon­sored and funded by the Cape North Farm­ers Marker, took place at The Mark­land in Ding­wall the morn­ing of May 5. Par­tic­i­pants learned how to prune, fer­til­ize, and shape young ap­ple trees. The work­shop in­cluded a brief his­tory les­son about ap­ple trees in Nova Sco­tia since their in­tro­duc­tion in the 1800s, the uses of dif­fer­ent kinds of ap­ples and the value of old va­ri­eties over new ones. Par­tic­i­pant Clau­dia Gahlinger said Laf­fan’s work­shop has peo­ple in­ter­ested in hold­ing a fol­low-up work­shop on graft­ing and per­haps form­ing a lo­cal ap­ple tree crew to go around tam­ing wild ap­ple trees. Fol­low Cape North Farmer's Mar­ket on Face­book or email clau­dia.gahlinger@gmail.com for up­com­ing work­shops. Sub­mit­ted photo.

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