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Tom offers some tips on how to identify fruiting wood. Year-round, much can be learned simply by observing your trees, including (especially) during bloom season.
Tom and Phil demonstrate fruit tree pruning, including the removal of large limbs to quickly rebalance a tree and keep its center open for sunlight exposure, good air circulation and easy access. If your trees don't quite look like these and you still aren't sure where to cut, remember that you learn by doing - we all learn pruning by pruning. The new growth will show you whether you pruned too much, too little, or just about right.
Tom demonstrates some of the most interesting late-harvest fruits in the DWN orchards: persimmon, chestnut, jujube, fig, and a remarkable experimental last-to-ripen peach.
Fast-paced, informative review of what we should be doing in our backyard orchards this time of year. Tom Spellman discusses the need for deep irrigation ahead of summer heat; early, low-nitrogen feeding for flower bud and fruit development; thick, large-chunk mulch; fruit thinning for size and quality; peach leaf curl; insect awareness and control; flexibility in scheduling summer pruning for tree size and fruit quality.
March 22, 2016: It's fruit thinning time in the BYOC demo orchard at Hickman, CA. DWN's Tom Spellman observes this year's good to heavy sets among the stone fruits and discusses the need for early, aggressive thinning - for tree health as well as for fruit size and quality. Tom demonstrates his preferred method for bulk thinning, then shows how to space individual fruits. Varieties shown include Tropic Snow peach, Desert Delight nectarine, Bella Gold Peacotum®, Minnie Royal and Royal Lee cherries, Sweet Treat Pluerry™ and Flavor Delight Aprium®.
DWN’s Tom Spellman discusses water conservation and education with folks at the Landscape and Water Conservation Fair held recently in Montclair, CA. Tom first reviews a well-mulched fruit tree demonstration planting, then engages in a series of interviews and conversations, with topics including the education of young people about the water cycle and the importance of water conservation; easy ways to help conserve, such as not wasting water before it becomes warm at the sink or shower (use it to water plants!); precision irrigation sprinkler nozzles from Toro Irrigation; landscaping with dry-climate plants. A highlight is the great group of volunteer girls from Ayala High School. Video concludes with a demonstration by an expert water conservationist on the preferred disposition of surplus fresh fruit.
Tom Spellman and Phil Pursel take you on a tour of a two year old test block of apple trees planted at the South Coast Field Station in Irvine, California.
Join us as we take the Wednesday fruit tour at world famous Zaiger Genetics in Modesto, California.
Tom prunes our espaliered Sweet Treat Pluerry tree, then moves on to the hard-pruned Santa Rosa plum.
DWN's Tom Spellman discusses the importance of early fruit thinning and shows how to speed up the chore: do some of it by pruning. Also discussed: Coffeecake and Chocolate persimmons; automatic irrigation systems and water usage; the benefits of mulch. Lastly, Tom reminds folks that Zaiger fruit hybrids are not GMO's; they are produced the natural way, by cross-pollination.
On the second day of October, Tom picks and savors Flavor Finale Pluot®, Coffeecake persimmon, Parfianka and Eversweet pomegranates. Discussion includes when to harvest pomegranates and late season apples, plus fall season orchard chores: pick up fallen fruit, stay ahead of weeds, replenish mulch.
How to distinguish between cane and spur fruit production. Cane pruning a Thompson Seedless, spur pruning a vigorous Black Monukka.
Multiple-budded: prune to balance the varieties, open the centers, control size. Extra-low trees controlled at less than six feet tall: Flavor Finale Pluot®, Santa Rosa plum and Cot-N-Candy Aprium®.
Picking persimmons in December, 2013. Past season's growth and size control of demo orchard trees: peach, plum, Pluot®. Fig espaliers vs. gophers. Preview of the winter pruning for new pomegranate espaliers and trees to be kept under six feet tall.
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.
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.