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Fruit thinning and frost damage trimming

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Posted by Jennifer Wadsworth about 10 years ago

Thinning fruit from the 20 deciduous fruit trees and trimming frost damage from the citrus hedge and ornamentals.

Today we spent some time thinning the massive amounts of young fruit on my 20 deciduous fruit trees that are fed from harvested (nuisance) rainwater from my neighbor's carport roof. We got a lot of chill hours this winter so the trees flowered profusely and now there are large clumps of fruit on them. As much as I hate to do it, these clumps need to be thinned down to one fruit every 2-3 inches, otherwise the fruit is small. So hundreds of baby peaches, apples, apricots, plums and apriums were plucked. Many of the fruit were bi- or tri-lobal - not sure what causes that.

Dad also finally got around to trimming frost damaged limbs from the citrus. There wasn't much because those trees are planted in a warm microclimate to begin with. However a couple of bouganvilla had heavy damage. Those were trimmed back almost to the ground where they are starting to grow again. Rogue grape vines were also tamed a bit and the excess fed to the hens as treats - yummy!

Other tidying up tasks occurred too, such as raking the leaves from the gravel paths to add carbon to my compost piles, which needed it desperately. And the gathering of decaying sour oranges from the neighbor's trees and pit composting them in an unused corner.

My aunt and uncle visited and we all sat out on the back patio and enjoyed a perfect day with pizza and hen-gazing.

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