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Gardening in a Drought

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We're still far behind on rainfall this winter, so it's a good time to plan ahead to reduce water use.  The Master Gardener Program has added information to their website to help you save water in your garden, landscape, lawn and trees.  Check out Drought Gardening Tips.    X

Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Fruit Tree Pruning Considerations for Mountain Areas

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We had a fun workshop on fruit tree pruning last Saturday.  Folks had some great questions about special pruning approaches for dealing with some of our mountain issues: bears and heavy snows.  Like this little fella who offered to help me prune my fruit trees last spring...   Conventional pruning recommends that you remove competing leaders if you're training the fruit tree to a central leader.  I tend to leave small competing leaders in case I need a "back-up" due to breakage from a bear or snow.  I remove larger competing leaders before they truly compete with the central leader. Where the bears or snow have removed my central leader, I've tried to re-train the fruit tree into a open center.  I find that the open centers are subject to breakage from heavy snows.  It is important to have strong branch attachment.  Remove branches with narrow angles (likely to suffer from bark inclusion) in favor of scaffold branches with a 10 or 2...

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Pruning workshop Saturday, February 15, Young Family Ranch, Weaverville

Please join us for a fruit tree pruning workshop at the Young Family Ranch, 260 Oregon Street in Weaverville, Saturday, February 15th from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Starting at 1:00 pm, the workshop will provide a lecture/review on fundamentals of pruning, dormant vs. summer pruning, heading vs. thinning cuts, proper pruning cuts, disease prevention, appropriate tools and tool care, tips for restoring neglected, old fruit trees. At 2:00 pm, attendees can practice hands-on pruning with guidance from Master Gardeners. You can attend all or part of the workshops. Some tools and ladders will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own pruning tools if you would like to have them sharpened. Please dress warmly as the hands-on portion of the workshop will be held outside. In the event of rain, the lecture will be held, but the hands-on pruning will be cancelled. For more information, check out our website (cetrinity.ucanr.edu), call Carol Fall, UC Cooperative Extension, Trinity County...

Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop this Saturday

Please join us for a fruit tree pruning workshop at Salt Creek Growers on Hwy 3 south of Hayfork this Saturday, February 8th from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Starting at 1:00 pm, the workshop will provide a lecture/review on fundamentals of pruning, dormant vs. summer pruning, heading vs. thinning cuts, proper pruning cuts, disease prevention, appropriate tools and tool care, tips for restoring neglected, old fruit trees. At 2:00 pm, attendees can practice hands-on pruning with guidance from Master Gardeners. You can attend all or part of the workshops. Some tools and ladders will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own pruning tools if your would like to have them sharpened. Please dress warm as the workshop will be held outside. In the event of rain, the workshop will be cancelled. For more information, check out our website (cetrinity.ucanr.edu), call Carol Fall, UC Cooperative Extension, Trinity County at 530-623-3746 or cjfall@ucanr.edu. See you there!

Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Whiskeytown Fruit Tree Pruning this Saturday

This information comes to us from Rico Montenegro, Fruit Tree Planting Foundation.  If you haven't had the chance to join Rico for this informative, annual event, it's a great opportunity to learn how to restore heirloom fruit trees and volunteer at the National Park.  Whiskeytown Restoration Workshop and Heritage Apple Pruning Day Feb. 1, Saturday We'll meet at the Camden House at Whiskeytown National Park. For those who would like to attend the 1 hour Restoration Workshop, which will cover restoration techniques for both fruit and ornamental trees, please RSVPme by this Friday via email and arrive just before 10 AM to the Camden House. Those who will not be able to attend the workshop, but would like assist with the hands on restoration of the old apple trees, then arrive by 11 AM to assist. For those who have not participated before, take a look at the following two sites for a preview, one is the web site for the foundation I am affiliated with, which the...

Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 10:27 AM

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