Monday, March 19, 2007

The Off-Season

Most of the 2006/2007 off-season has been spent with updating my web sites and training our staff in pruning techniques. On the other side of being an orchard keeper, I develop web sites as a hobby. This off season I designed and built a web site that is strictly for ministry purposes. I have a Strong desire to see a revival sweep our nation and as a result of the desire, I developed the http://www.revivalhym.com web site. The Revival Hymn video is a 30 minute video compilation of some of the greatest revival preachers of the 20th century. Visit the site if you get a chance!
Part of our pruning training has included 2 videos that pretty much sum up the entire reason we prune. Penn State has produced a video that can be found at http://adams.extension.psu.edu/Agriculture/PDF%20files/PruningHarvestOrderForm.pdf. and is available in both English and Spanish. The other video, which is much more in depth is Easy Steps to Fruit Tree Pruning found at http://www.pruning.com/. It is a little dated since it was produced in 1990, but whether you have a backyard orchard, a large commercial orchard, a newly planted tree, or an old neglected trees, you'll get good results with the help of this video that covers tried-and- true pruning methods. I highly recommend it.
  • DEMONSTRATIONS INCLUDE:
  • Tools you need & how to use them
  • Training systems - First planting to mature trees
  • Open Center
  • Open Leader
  • Espalier
  • How to handle old / neglected trees
  • How trees grow
Whether you are a novice or an experienced experienced orchard keeper you can use this system, and feel confident enough to go out and prune any fruit trees successfully.
I am currently working on our spray program for 2007 and will be posting it in the next few days. Until then, happy orchard keeping!!

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