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Tom reviews the DWN Backyard Orchard Demo planting in bloom, discussing pollenizer bloom overlap, the importance of low-nitrogen fertilizer, mulch, minimal irrigation and the early thinning of fruit.
Tom Spellman talks about the main points of Backyard Orchard Culture. Topics include managing tree size, successive ripening fruits, dealing with poorly draining soil, the basics of fertilizing, mulching and more.
Planting Fruit Trees
In part two we finish planting our fruit trees and grapes, then Tom goes over some pruning techniques.
Watch as we plant a new BYOC demo orchard. Part 1 includes a raised bed, multiple budded fruit trees, pomegranates and more.
How can you get three or four times the variety in the same space as one? High density planting and successive ripening is the answer. Dave Wilson Nursery shows you how.
When planting a multiple budded fruit tree, there are a few important things to consider.
Poor draining soils in your area? Elevate your planting and give your fruit trees some room to breathe.
Dave Wilson Nursery goes over the finer points of planting a fruit tree.
Pruning Fruit Trees
Tom Spellman conducts the first summer pruning of 2013 in the new DWN Backyard Orchard Culture demo planting, showing home growers how to get it done by keeping it simple. The main objectives of summer pruning are 1) tree size control for ongoing easy maintenance and 2) air circulation and sunlight penetration in the canopy for healthy, productive trees and better fruit. Tom also samples some of the fruit in season: Burgundy plum and Tropic Snow peach.
Keeping trees manageable is easy enough. How about growing a fruit bush? Did you know you can keep your fruit tree under 5 feet tall? Again, Tom shows you how.
Multiple-Budded Fruit Trees, aka Multi-Buds, need special pruning care. Tom shows you how to keep your tree multi-budded.
Tom Spellman demonstrates and explains winter detail pruning in DWN's two-year-old backyard-orchard-style planting. Controlling tree height, opening up the centers for better air circulation and sunlight penetration, balancing the trees, all clearly shown.