August 15th 1-4pm at Harcourt Organic Farming Cooperative, Harcourt.
The Orchard Keepers are stoked to present this workshop with orchardist and all round fruit tree wonder Katie Finlay. Katie will present a hands on practical workshop introducing you to the craft of fruit tree pruning (book tickets here).
This intensive half-day workshop covers the basic principles of pruning deciduous fruit trees, and how to establish a tree in the highly productive ‘vase’ shape that is suited to most backyards.
Who is this workshop for?
– People already growing, or wanting to grow, their own fruit at home, including cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples, and pears
– People who are renting houses with fruit trees in the backyard
– People who look after fruit trees in the community
– People who already grow, or are thinking of growing, fruit commercially
What does the workshop cover?
– The basics of pruning theory
– Fruit tree anatomy
– Knowing the right time to prune for different types of tree
– Predicting how trees will respond to different cuts
– How to make a good pruning cut
– Pruning techniques for different types of fruit trees, e.g., apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples, and pears
– How to prune young trees to establish the right shape
– Maintaining and rejuvenating old trees
– How good pruning helps a tree to stay healthy
– What not to do when pruning
– What pruning equipment you need
Bring your own:
– Warm clothing (the practical part of the workshop is in the orchard, you’ll need a coat and hat, and covered shoes)
– Secateurs (we will sharpen them for you before use)
– Water bottle
The workshop includes afternoon tea.
Please sign in using the QR code at the farm.
Book tickets here.