A few thoughts about the activities here in southwest Missouri this spring, including plans for a garden, thinning and pruning trees, and salvaging urban logs
A neglected, overgrown, old apple tree does have charm, its gnarled, elbowed branches seemingly ready to reach out for a hug. The fruits, unfortunately, more often than not are too small, too pest-ridden, and too high in the tree. My fear of heights makes the last deficiency most important to me. Large, clean fruits are for nought if I can’t bring myself to climb a ladder or the branches for harvest.
The process of training and pruning blackberry plants is demystified by a gardening expert from Gurney's Seed.
The perfect partner for pruning, weeding and harvesting.
Here is a description of some of the pruning tools and techniques for pruning trees for future sawlogs.
Pruning apple trees to a three by three central leader shape for strength against high winds and to prevent fungal infection.
Grapes can grow anywhere, thriving in a variety of climates and soil types. Growing grapes is rewarding, because after a few years they produce abundant fruit and quickly provide architectural interest in the edible landscape.
Try these organic techniques to help prevent tomato early blight.
Pruning perennials is essential for plant health and vigorous production.