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Re: [pfaf] old orchard and seedlings

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  • Griselda Mussett
    Here in Kent UK where many or most of the old orchards have been grubbed up (and sadly some of the land is now built on), the new-style orchards are very
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 7 12:42 AM
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      Here in Kent UK where many or most of the old orchards have been
      grubbed up (and sadly some of the land is now built on), the new-style
      orchards are very different. You would need ladders to harvest the
      crop from the old trees which were several metres apart; the new ones
      are only shoulder-height and grown much much closer together - maybe
      just a metre or so apart. I saw a TV programme which said a medieval
      orchard was often one field of about an acre with maybe 1 or 2 apple
      trees in it, and these reached a great height, of about 60 feet (sorry
      for mixed measures). So the process of selecting for and growing
      smaller trees, grown more closely together, has been going on for
      nearly 1000 years,

      The trees in the older Kent orchards had been pruned to create a lot of
      horizontal branches, were pruned at least once a year, and the
      height-seeking leaders cut out each year. I have used this
      technique of keeping laterals as horizontal as possible for my grape
      vine, my pear and apple tree, and my roses, and it really is amazing
      the difference in the quantity of fruit or flowers produced from these
      horizontally tied branches. I imagine the plants recognise this
      horizontal state as having reached enough light for it to be worthwhile
      for the plant to create a bud for flower/fruit, instead of the branch
      still having to climb upwards in competition, to get the light.

      Does anyone have any further knowledge or comments on this?

      On 7 Oct 2008, at 02:06, charfair fairchar wrote:

      > I believe there are only good apples in this orchard, and I have
      > tasted from
      > every tree.
      > Because no one manages these trees much, there are problems with the
      > boughs
      > breaking/splitting.
      > That is why I went regularly and picked apples when gas prices and
      > shortages
      > were awful, too help the trees.
      > Maybe some of the volunteers I have in my yard are apple and not just
      > avocado! I would be very happy since avocado cannot grow in 6 or 7
      > and bear
      > fruit
      > . I don't want to wait until global warming gets warmer in the US
      > State of
      > Georgia.
      > I have an aloe that is large if anyone wants it contact me off list
      > if they
      > live near Douglasville, GA, I also have black eyed Susan I could
      > share, and
      > stevia. So far I haven't gotten any SASE for the stevia. It tastes
      > much
      > different from the stuff you buy in the store. I will be generous if
      > anyone
      > wants any. Otherwise I will sow my stevia and continue to enjoy it
      > more
      > because I will have more.
      > The machine I have below my name detoxes chlorine, but more
      > importantly it
      > changes pH, with acidic or alkaline water, so it is beneficial to
      > drink, and
      > it is also good for rinsing off seeds or using for propagation, I
      > believe.
      > There are videos on Youtube, and on the site below my name. As a PhD
      > from
      > the CDC said, it is just water, but it has many benefits. Anyone
      > interested
      > in science might enjoy reading about it.
      > Hoping I have an apple tree,
      > Charlotte
      > www.IonWays.com/Liphart
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