Ur­ban Or­chard

Element - - Gardening -

Early sea­son ap­ples may be ready to pick. If an ap­ple comes off the branch eas­ily, with­out be­ing pulled, it is ripe. It is best to pick fruit be­fore it falls and bruises. Pears are one fruit which will con­tinue to ripen once picked. This month is a good time to carry out any ma­jor prun­ing work. Any dis­eased, bro­ken or crossed over wood should be re­moved. Prun­ing now helps stop the tree putting all its en­ergy into grow­ing new lush growth but rather helps to form fruit­ing spurs. Spurs are what will grow you more lovely fruit next sum­mer.

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