On March 11th, we were lucky enough to have AMI alum Sarah Collins-Simmons lead us in a pruning workshop. Pruning is the process of removing parts of a tree or bush to encourage more productive growth. This is an especially useful practice for fruit trees and berry bushes. Sarah started off by giving us a basic lesson on pruning trees and shrubs. Here are a few of the main takeaways from her lesson:
After this lesson, we moved out into the AMI gardens and orchard to get some hands-on practice. First, we took our clippers to the blueberry bushes.
Then we walked through the orchard together; each Fellow took turns selecting a tree, and talking through which cuts they were making and why, while the rest of the group provided input and support.
It was so wonderful to be back on Allegheny Mountain, working with the other fellows, and especially having Nick and Anna M., who aren’t doing the Senior Fellowship, back with the crew. We shared a beautiful lunch (and a few maple donuts, in honor of Highland’s annual Maple Festival) in the garden, and took a couple hours in the afternoon to explore and reacquaint ourselves with the mountain.
We were lucky enough that it finally felt like spring, and some of us even jumped in the pond! It was a great way to spend a Friday, and I certainly feel more comfortable pruning trees and bushes now. Hopefully with the pointers above, you can too!
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