Monday, 20 June 2011

WAITATI OPEN ORCHARDS (column)

WAITATI OPEN ORCHARDS

By Jason Ross

Thanks to all who came to maintain last year's tree plantings. Despite a
gloomy weather forecast the day turned out great for our re-fertilising and
mulching and for a delicious picnic. No use being put off by weather
forecasts at this time of year, with limited daylight hours we must plough
on!

PLANTING DAY: 23 July at 10am

Please join us for planting of more fantastic fruiting trees, again there
will be hot drinks and creative fruity cakes along the way at one of our
great WOO patches. *Meet North Brown St*, (that's off Pitt St). Bring:
spades, grubbers, secateurs, gloves, mulch, compost, newspaper and warm
clothes.

In the home garden it's time to plant fruit trees and shrubs and get on with
pruning apples and pears, black currants and gooseberries. Leave pruning of
stone fruit (including plums) till August. Always choose a dry period to
avoid the risk of silverleaf disease. See last Blueskin News for pruning
notes.

Waitati Open Orchards is a group of keen folk on a mission to plant fruit
trees in public spaces around Waitati for all to enjoy. Email
waitatiopenorchard@gmail.com to join our mailing list or phone Jason
Ross, 482 2625.


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