Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Rated G for Gardening

With a little movie magic, photos from pruning projects around the Bay Area are now more exciting than ever.

In the excitement of seeing new trees to prune, sometimes we forget to take before pictures.  Luckily, most of the trees are multiyear projects.  So the transformation will become clearer in the years ahead.

Grab some popcorn and enjoy.  https://vimeo.com/162604942

Friday, April 8, 2016

Capturing Spring

Seiryu and Maiku jaku in Glen Ellen
Over the winter months lots of hardwork goes into a garden.  It's not that glamorous and it's definitely not that photogenic.  Until Spring.

All the plants reward us for the haircuts we gave them, the mulch we put on the soil, and the breathing room from weeds they have.

We're compiling photos of all the trees we pruned this past winter to chronicle the change.  Shortly, we'll be winnowing down the photos and compiling the best before and afters.  Stay tuned!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Weekend Workshop

Ten people participated in Wildwood Nursery's Sunday Tree Shaping Class!

They braved the wet weather to learn about the growth habits of different types of Japanese Maples, Dogwoods, and Natives.  They also helped prune several of the trees on the grounds of Wildwood.

They spent the second half of the class inside the barn working with container plants.  We covered both root pruning and canopy pruning.

Wildwood is always happy to schedule private workshops for gardening curious groups.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Swampy Weekend

Near Alpine Lake Mt Tam, CA
Everyone's yammering about the 'March Miracle' in California.  We're back to a Mediterranean climate after the Baja California dry spell.

So some spots in the forests resemble the Bayou and there's vernal pools everywhere!  As excited as we all are it's important to let the ground absorb the water.  Trying to move water from low points in a garden is a waste of water/energy if buildings are a safe distance away.  Working in and compacting soggy soil ruins soil structure.

Stay in the starting blocks a bit longer before jumping into Spring Cleaning!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Orchard Pruning

A small Glen Ellen, CA vineyard and orchard required an early March visit from Wildwood.

The owners planted pears and apples forty years ago.  These old trees have been kept relatively low over the years.  This requires constant attention to maintain their height. 

An aggressive Spring pruning coupled with lighter summer snips prevents branches from breaking under the weight of fruit and allows easy access to all parts of the tree for harvest!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Helping Out

The plant world is full of new and unusual experiences.  Life beyond the plant world offers many more fun opportunities.

Volunteering in the community is a great balance to solitary work in the garden.  And grade school age kids kick the energy level up.  ROCK [Real Options for City Kids] offers a skill drills program on the weekend.  The kids bounce, jump, leap, run, dribble, and shoot their way through the morning exercises.  They actually do improve noticeably.

Take care of the flora and the fauna!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Pruning On Cloud 9

Cloud 9 Vineyards called Wildwood to prune their fruit trees this year. 

It had been some time since the trees were pruned in a prudent manner.  The espalier apple and pears were losing their form, the citrus were weighed down with fruit, and the large apple was a cobweb of branches.

After a day of work, the trees regained some recognizable form.  Hopefully they will produce a bumper 2016 crop!