’Tis the sea­son to be pruning fruit trees

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - LISA HYLAND, SUPERGRANS, AND MADZ BATACHEL, COM­MU­NITY FRUIT HAR­VEST

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.

PHOTO MADZ BATACHEL/SUP­PLIED

This her­itage ap­ple tree needs help, but where do you even start with some­thing this over­grown?

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