Pruning Day

Grapevines will cover this rebar arbor by mid-summer. Hopefully, there will also be a decent crop of red grapes!

Grapevines will cover this rebar arbor by mid-summer. Hopefully, there will also be a decent crop of red grapes!

It was bitter cold here today, but I was determined to get outside to get everything pruned and ready for spring. Apricots, quince, grapes, roses, red and black currants and gooseberries. I was ruthless!

We always have far too many red currants so this year I decided to lop off all the branches that are too low to pick comfortably, regardless of whether they were new or old growth. Maybe in addition to easier picking, the berries will be even bigger!

Some of my pruning methods are still by guess and by golly, but everything looks so trim and spare right now. Hard to believe that by the middle of the summer, the rose canes will be up and over the arbor and – with any luck – I will be loaded with ripening apricots and quinces.

About Susan Guagliumi

I am an author, craftsperson and a gardener. My proposal for a book tentatively titled "The Artful Gardener" was just accepted by Stewart, Tibori and Chang Publishers. Although this will be my fifth book, it is the first outside the area of hand/machine knitting. The manuscript is due early in 2013 and the book is scheduled for Spring of 2014. A somewhat longer process than giving birth to a child, embarking on an author's journey can be just as daunting, exciting and almost as fulfilling.
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