Tony Wolcott, the retiring City of Albany Arborist and active supporter of the Edible Landscape Project, will pass on to us a small portion of his wisdom about fruit trees. We’ll learn about tree pruning and other care and we’ll get the trees in the ELP pruned for the summer.
• What do we try to accomplish with summer vs. winter pruning of fruit trees?
• How does one plant a fruit tree; what is the soil preparation? When/why go with bare root vs. root ball with soil? When should one cut back a tree that is being planted? How much?
• How do you espalier? Why? When?
• What about fertilizing and/or planting other plants nearby to enrich the soil for trees?
• What are pruning principles to keep fruit within reach from the ground or a short ladder?
• What are tips to keep fruit trees healthy in public places?
• How can fruit trees be supported in a drought?
• What else do we need to know to have thriving and productive fruit trees?
Trees in the ELP we’ll focus on:
–Unknown Fig variety
–2 Unknown Pear varieties
–20th Century Asian Pear
–Granny Smith Apple
–Beni Shogun Apple
–Dwarf Gala Apple
–2 Pineapple guava “Nazemetz”
–Santa Rosa Plum
–Clementine de Nules Mandarin
Pruning tools: If you have them, bring clippers, loppers, live wood saw, other pruning tools. We may not use them all, but it will be good to see various tools and learn what they are used for.
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM : Class
1:00 – 2:30 PM Potluck: bring some food or drink to share and celebrate all that Tony has done for us AND your own plate/bowl, utensils, napkin, cup/bottle
Meet up spot: The ELP Eastside garden Carmel Avenue midway between Portland and Thousand Oaks also between the picnic and dog park areas, and near the Snack Shack and softball field.