Sometimes things go very slowly and all you can do is prepare and try to be ready when the inevitable big stuff happens - because sometimes things fall together very quickly. This weekend feels like a "quickly" weekend.
I went to a workshop today, given by Lee Reich on how to prune stuff. This guy wrote the book on pruning (or at least a book on pruning). He taught us all we need to know - heading cuts, thinning cuts, equipment - and then showed us how it works on all his stuff. And he's got a lot of stuff! Mountain laurel, hyacinth, pears, prunes, apples, kiwi, grapes, lilacs, and lowbush and highbush blueberries.
I'd been reading about pruning, and tried it a bit on some of my trees, but didn't feel like I understood it. I wanted someone to give me a lesson, but so many other things seemed more important last year.
This guy was exactly what the doctor ordered! I'm ready to make some big cuts to rejuvenate my old apple trees, the old lilacs and a few of the highbush blueberries. I'm going to do it tomorrow, after I go look at 2 baby goats, the possible future baby mommas of my dairy herd (or weed-eatin' herd)! A commenter made a good point (sorry anon - I don't know your name!) about using purebred mommas for dairy, to make it easier to sell the kids. Tomorrow's goats aren't pure (I'll skip the comment about original sin), but I am emailing with an owner of purebred Nigerian Dwarf and Nubians who would have some available in the near future. So either way, this summer is the summer I lose my goat-owning virginity.
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