August 6th from 2-4pm, Tom Cronin will be running Summer Fruit Tree Thinning and Pruning for Quality. Tom will be teaching the art of growing beautiful fruit trees that also produce prolifically. This will help enable participants to start their own backyard orchard.
This class is part of the ‘Home Orchard’ series, including ‘Summer Fruit Tree Thinning and Pruning for Quality’ (8/6/2016), ‘Fall Fruit Tree Pruning for Beauty and Bounty’ (10/22/2016), and ‘Bare-root Fruit Tree Planting’ (1/14/2016). Purchase tickets for all three and save!
Here is a teaser from Tom:
When is less, more? When you should thin fruit (yes- cut it off the tree!) to increase the size, sweetness and quality of your fruit harvest. For example: Learn how not to use stakes to hold up drooping and weighted branches.
Here are four benefits of thinning fruit:
1. Discourage overbearing and early fruit drop.
2. Improve remaining fruit size, color, & quality.
3. Help to avoid limb damage from a heavy fruit load.
4. Stimulate next year’s crop and help avoid heavy/light fruit years.”
Tom Cronin has gardened for over 25 years, and he is extensively involved in a number of local projects, such as City Trees and Incredible Edible Redwood City. To read all about his experience, visit his website, Tom’s Edible Gardens.