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Sunday, March 11. 2007
Dormant Pruning and Politics
In Yankeeland, we are getting towards the end of the time for dormant pruning of fruit trees and grape vines - and anything else that appreciates dormant pruning. I was busy this afternoon, trying to catch up before it's too late. You have to do it yourself nowadays to do it right, because the Mexicans don't have a clue.
Forget fertilizer. Assertive pruning is the best thing that can be done for deciduous flowering shrubs and fruit-bearing plants.
When you finish, the thing looks terrible, but it will thank you later with its production and vigor.
I follow these guidelines, pretty much.
For healthy, happy shrubs, I prune out, from the bottom, about a quarter to a third of the oldest growth every year. I prune or shape only ornamentals from the top. Deciduous shrubs, when pruned from the top, make you look like a gardening idiot, unless it's a hedge-type thing.
(And hey, Dylanologist: That huge splendid Crepe Myrtle in your front yard - I'd thin the heck out of it about now - from the bottom. Too many small shoots. I'd leave only 6-10 of the big ones. Just my opinion, and unsolicited at that.)
Posted by The Barrister in Our Essays, The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 18:59 | Comments (15) | Trackback (1)
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A clarification please.
Is "Mexican" important? Or is "untrained" important? Or as in my case, is "somebody not me" important?
They do not know how to prune fruit trees, and they do not speak English, so you cannot explain it to them. What else is there to explain?
Best thing to do is to take the time to do it yourself.
Also - I don't know how Barrister views Mexicans, but I have no general opinion of them, positive or negative. All I know is I cannot work with people who cannot speak my language. However, I think they come from a rotten country with rotten education and rotten opportunity and rotten corrupt politics, and the whole mess is their country's fault. Mexico should be a great country - it has every advantage - but the socio-political culture stinks. I'd want to run away from that dump too.
BD, just a quick slide by here, but I think you are correct. Natural resources, willing workers, but a political system that nulls it all. And all their on fault. But then, there is gun control down there, is there not?
I do not dislike Mexicans, or anyone else as a group.
However, in general I have learned, over many years, from many unfortunate experiences, to not trust people from different cultures. Not dislike - distrust.
Why? Not because they are bad or inferior, but because they are not on my page, and are thinking about things differently. Thus they often let me down when I have the expectations that I am heir to.
I have no time for that and, not being an anthropologist, I do not care to try to understand it. Got enough to do as it is, like pruning my own trees and planting the peas and splitting firewood and reading a ton of history and being a grandpa and working 60 hrs/wk.
Plus my occasional unpaid appearance on Maggie's Farm.
I almost forgot to remind us that this post was about Pruning Time, not multiculturalism. Seasonal pruning is a vast and subtle subject of great horticultural interest in itself.
Perhaps our readers are not gardeners. I learned how to prune fruit trees and grape vines from my Mom and Dad, who always did it together, and who just laughed when the birds and animals took half of the fruit. There was enough left over for humans.
Quite correct Mr. Barrister. Please forgive my response to the off topic comment.
Pruning is an elemental subject. Though, in truth, I have only been an intermittent participant of same. It is that combination of knowledge and art that in different days was called craftsmanship. Not a wholly learned task, due to the need of sizing up the individual plant, as to its intended purpose and use. Which needs must come down to the owner of same, or the sharer of the space, as it where.
No need to apologize. We do o/t all the time, with pleasure. Sometimes amusing to see what folks pick up on. Mr. Sheldon, it would seem, has a one-track mind, and is thus missing out on a lot of life.
Well OT for sure then...Yes Mr. B, it has been amusing to me (not really) of being accused of close mindedness since 9/11 and the consequent sea change of my thought on many topics. When I retort that I am the only one (among family and friends) to have actually changed my mind, there is no response. Just more rejoinder of how rigid I have become.
I relate this in the sense of being 'one-tracked' and how it endeavors us all to be open to new facts. Good night.
Ahh, and now on to the roses! You just jogged my memory. As a little girl I remember that there is no grape so lovely for eating and for jelly as the good old fashioned Concord from the Northeast. Do you have a suggestion as to favorite variety?
You're not alone, B, I too love to prune trees. I've slid away from the activity in the last few years, this consarned computer.
I get my grapes from here: http://www.millernurseries.com/catalog1.php
Since I dont keep track, I dont know what varieties I have. Those concords do grow like weeds. My problem is raccoons.
In the territory of the politcally correct--SEATTLE--we take care of the coon problem by calling the SPCA. They come and cage them and take them far away and release them in a wilderness they never knew!!
Now, with regard to Concord grapes: from your recommended website I have found this:
QUESTION: Why not in WA?
Quality Nursery out in Zillah may have Concords.
"I do not dislike Mexicans, or anyone else on this earth as a group, except perhaps the French. However, in general I have learned, over many years, from a long series of unfortunate experiences, to not trust people from different cultures. Not t
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