’Tis the season to be pruning fruit trees
Apples, mandarins, pears, plums, grapefruit and lemons abound in the Kiwi garden. Alas, these wonderful assets are not always kept in the best condition.
So, how do you get the most from your fruit trees? The answer is pruning.
Pruning may be one of the less glamorous jobs in the garden, but a small effort now will mean great rewards come summer.
The SuperGrans Mentoring team has joined forces with Community Fruit Harvest to run a fruit tree pruning workshop on Sunday, July 24. Held on a private property in Glen Oroua, workshop participants will be able to see first-hand how to prune older trees that are in need of some TLC.
The focus of this workshop will be how to revitalise older trees and get them back to their productive best.
Our community as a whole has hundreds of fruit trees with the potential to provide nutritious food for all of us. These trees are a taonga, and with careful care and attention, they will continue to provide our community with fruit every year for many more years.
This workshop is an opportunity to upskill so we can maintain trees our grandparents and great grandparents planted with love and hope. Volunteer tutor Toby Schweikert has a vast gardening knowledge. With a background in horticulture, Toby completed his apprenticeship in landscaping and nursery work, and qualified as a Master Gardener in Austria. He is passionate about sharing this knowledge with others.
Bookings for the Sunday, July 24, 12.30pm Glen Oroua workshop are essential by July 21, as places are limited. A donation to Community Fruit Harvest would be appreciated.
SuperGrans and Community Fruit Harvest are seeking volunteers to share their gardening skills and knowledge, and to help pick and distribute surplus fruit to others in our community. Anyone interested in volunteering, or who has surplus fruit, contact Lisa (SuperGrans) on 354 3804 or Madz (Community Fruit Harvest) on 021 668 536.
This heritage apple tree needs help, but where do you even start with something this overgrown?