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Mulberry tree cuttings

I wrangled Farmer Thomas into helping me make some tree cuttings today.  Afterall, what are brother-in-laws for? Cuttings are branches of a plant, in this case a mulberry tree, that you use to propagate another plant from.  You can cut the branches with or without leaves.  We needed to prune our mulberries anyways and there’s less work that needs to be done in the winter, so we decided to do winter pruned branches. You don’t need to use rooting hormone.  Mulberries have a great success rate without the hormone, but if you are a bit paranoid (especially when doing as…

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Learn to prune fruit trees!

FRUIT TREE PRUNING WORKSHOP Presented To Residents By Flip Flop Ranch & Heavenly Growers Presenter:  Ruth Mayoral When:   Feb 2, 2013 10am until 3pm! Bring a lunch Where:  Flip Flop Ranch, 9522 Donaldson Rd.                    Lucerne Valley, CA Cost:   $10.00  (Covers workshop/supplies and helps ensure Future needed workshop subjects)                   To Sign Up:  Call us, (760) 247-5083                                      Or                         E-mail us, or RSVP on facebook by clicking here You may bring any pruning tools you have, so that you are comfortable with your pruning tools.      We are excited about this Pruning Workshop, since many residents have a need for this information.  We…

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Working on the orchard

Here’s a pic of the orchard.  We’ve really been trying to get the trees pruned in time for spring, but spring is beating us.  There’s a lot of work to do.  The trees haven’t been pruned in years and are twisted and dying and really bad.  Some have a good foundation and others are simply hopeless.  Do you see the blue barrels in the background underneath the rainbow?  Those are to provide water for the coyotes that come and chew up our drip irrigation system.  We finally figured out how to stop them so we don’t have to fix the…

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