Recently KTCF hosted The Orchard Project for their 2-day course, Introduction to Orchards and Pruning.
The apple and pear trees in the orchard at KTCF had a much-needed winter prune while they are dormant (the plums and gages must wait until summer to avoid peach leaf curl).
Two of the Farm volunteers joined the Orchard Project students to learn about pruning & fruit trees, possible pests & diseases, and halo pruning of the surrounding trees to let in more light.
We finished by giving the trees a deep mulch of composted manure and wood chip – participants had tea and biscuits, everyone was happy.
We are very careful to do this work with respect for the ecology in this quiet part of the Farm using the prunings and cuttings to mulch the fruit trees and making a dead hedge of larger cuttings to make a safe refuge and home for wildlife.
This work is part of a wider project to make the farm garden areas more productive, and more accessible to the community. We plan to grow more fruits & veg to harvest, bottle and sell to support the farm.
If you would like to help us improve the gardens, register your interest with Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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