This weekend, Rob and I went to a 6-hour university seminar on growing and pruning apples at the University of Massachusetts' gorgeous Cold Spring Orchard. I'm absolutely brimming with information that we learned about how to grow apples, and yesterday I ordered 4 trees--2 apples, a white peach, and a sour cherry. Next stop, mini-orchard! If all goes well, we should be chowing down by 2012.
That's a big "if," we realize. The first sentence of the seminar was "Fruit growing is one of the most challenging horticultural endeavors." That, of course, just made me want to do it more.
I'll share some of the gems we learned in future posts, but for now, just a single take-away that's been bouncing around my head all week:
Remove to renew.
In other words, if you get shy about pruning back your trees, you won't get fresh, healthy growth, and you won't get fruit. Holy garden-to-life metaphor, Batman!
(image via: http://terrenoire.blogspot.com)
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