Urban Orchard Intensive
Saturday | January 30, 2021 | 10:00 am — 4:00 pm
Saturday January 30, 2021
10-11:30 PST Selection & Planting Bare Root Fruit Trees
12-1:30 PST Winter Fruit Tree Pruning
2-3:15 pm PST Dormant Grafting
This 3-segment Zoom based mini-intensive will cover everything you need to know to grow your own urban orchard.
10-11:30am Bare Root: Selection & Planting of Your Urban Orchard
We’ll talk about best varieties for the Bay Area (and other climates), site selection, planting techniques and tips for maximizing fruit production in small spaces and troubleshoot common issues like nutrition and pests.
12-1:30pm Fruit Tree Pruning
This primer will introduce you to proper timing, pruning techniques and styles. You’ll learn how to apply proper cuts, identify fruiting wood and use “the 5 D’s” as a starting point for learning as well as gain an understanding of thinning, re-leadering, restoration and reduction. We’ll talk about how to train the trees in their first few seasons, desirable structure and size of mature fruit trees and how to restore a tree that has been poorly pruned or not at all.
2-3:15pm Dormant Season Fruit Grafting
To end the day, we’ll learn about grafting as a way to make more from less in a small urban orchard and begin to explore the amazing variety of fruiting plants that thrive in our climate. You will learn which fruits which are compatible, which take to grafting more readily and tools needed. We will learn methods which may be used for grafting dormant cuttings onto rootstock and mature trees. Then I will demonstrate a tried and true method which you can follow along and practice at home. We will learn methods which may be used for grafting dormant cuttings onto rootstock and mature trees.
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