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Paint the Trunks!

Before the Summer heat, all young fruit trees can benefit from painting the trunk. This protects against sunburn that can cause damage or even death of the tree. Here our friends at Dave Wilson's show us how.

Fall Clean-up

Here are some important tips for autumn clean-up in your orchard to ensure healthy trees and better fruit production for next year.

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HOW TO: Fall Fertilizing

A - Keeping it Simple!

Right after Harvest, You can give the trees another application of Fertilizer similar to our Spring/Summer suggestions. Or, spread about 2 to 5 pounds of compost per tree in a 6" band around the drip line, under the mulch. (Keep away from the Trunk!)

If it's later in the fall: sit back....enjoy the view of the School Orchard, do nothing, think about the pleasures of Dormancy...... Lucky trees!

B - Hey, wait a minute what's going on here!

All that food and stuff from the leaves (starches, carbohydrates, sugars, pigments, water etc. etc.) has been retrieved (sucked back actually) by the trees..... before they actually dropped the leaves. All that food is stored in the trunk and roots. In the Spring, before there can be any energy production from leaves, the "sap" will come rushing up from storage to fuel the whole works. Vermonters will tap off some as "Maple Syrup" for Pancakes, and Southeast Alaskans will tap off "Birch Syrup" for their biscuits. It's sweet 'cause it's loaded with sugars and Energy.

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VIDEO: Fruit Tree Care with Chuck Ingels (PART 1)

Chuck Ingels is a master teacher on schoolyard-scale orchards and a dear friend of Common Vision. In this 2-hour segment he goes through the basics of fruit tree care. Below the videos we have outlines that break down the subjects so you can skip to the sections you need. Some of this is more complex then you need to know. Please contact us with any questions.

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HOW TO: Harvesting

A - "Keeping it Simple"

When fruit is dropping and birds are feeding in the tree, chances are you're approaching harvest time for that crop. Then apply the taste test. These are perhaps the easiest ways to determine harvest time in the School Orchard, with its multiple varieties of trees.

B - "More in Depth"

For the Apples, you should be able to indent the skin and flesh with your finger nail, and when you cut it open the seeds should be dark brown or black. If seeds are still light color, you're not quite ready for harvest. If there is good sunlight on the apple, and the nights are cold, some red color will still develop.
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VIDEO: Fruit Tree Care with Chuck Ingels (PART 2)

Chuck Ingles, UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor, continues his presentation to a class of UC Master Gardeners about home orchards. Topics include pruning practices, fruit thinning, budding and grafting, growing citrus trees and pest management for fruit trees. This 60-minute presentation was recorded in the Sacramento Valley of California.

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