PRUNING SEASON

We only have about two 1/2 months left to prune all of the fruit trees and vines.  We’ve lost four of our heritage apples that have been on the farm for years due the wind and ice blasts.  We have a lot of broken limbs in the maple trees which may hinder the amount of sap we will be able to collect in February and March.  About a month ago we had a day that the wind had laid so I started chopping away at the front grape arbor.

In 2018 I covered the base of each vine with litter from the chickens and rabbits and I can’t begin to describe the growth they had but now I know they have superb root systems.

 

A tangled mess but their second season of growth.

 

There wasn’t a lot of fruit the second year but there were a few on each vine.  I’m hoping for a better, bigger crop in 2019.  We need to add more support to the arbor and have the posts ready to go in the ground and the braces to hold everything up.  We’re thinking about buying to cattle fence panels to go on top of the arbor before the leafing begins and I’ll watch them early to place and tie up the runners so they cover the entire top of the arbor.  This will make it easier to cover the fruit before the birds get the ripe fruit. Of course, the bluebird houses will have to be moved to new locations soon.

Last year the Purple Martens got the houses before the Bluebirds did.

I think they look a lot better now that they are pruned.

 

I see lots of grape juice and jellies in the future.

While pruning the grape vines I also decided to prune our new Green Gage Plum trees.  Our daughter bought these for me two years ago and they had a couple blooms in 2018 so I’m hoping there will be a lot in 2019 and that the frost doesn’t get them.  I’ll add a few more strawberries and blueberries this year and hopefully we’ll add some new apple grafts too when I get some root-stock in a good spot where the rabbits and deer can’t destroy them.

Can you tell I’m looking forward to spring??

4 thoughts on “PRUNING SEASON

  1. I just wrote about a grapevine at work. The most common problem with the fruit trees here is that no one prunes them enough, or does not prune them properly. It is sad, because the Santa Clara Valley used to be famous for the orchard production, and Paul Masson Vineyard was just down the road from where I went to high school.

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  2. I love that you can look forward to spring when it’s still January!! Here we’re buried in snow and ice! And I like snow (not so much the ice). But it’s fun to know that there are people not so far away who are thinking of pruning!! 😊

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  3. So much to look forward to! 🙂 We have a couple of muscadine vines that did very well last year and I was able to can several jars of jelly. We’re hoping this year to put in a different kind of grape in another area. As far as our fruit trees, they haven’t done well for us so not sure what we have done wrong. We only have a plum, peach, pear and a couple of apples. The only one that produced was peach but they got the size of a golf ball, then fell off! I’m so looking forward to spring here in North Georgia and when I can work out in the garden! I just found your site a week ago and am looking forward to going back and reading previous posts. Thanks!

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