I was delighted to bump into Joanne Butler from Ourganic Gardens on Thursday in Dobhar. Joanne is the facilitator in the Dobhar Community Garden, aswell as a number of projects in the North Donegal Area. John Ferry is a Solus Gweedore Level5 Horticulture student who is helping to develop the Tidy Towns strategy for Dobhar through his work placement in the Ionad Naomh Padraig Centre
A super turnout at the Ionad Niamh Padraig centre in Dobhair at the press launch of our Team Challenge garden for Garden Show Ireland. As a centre we're entering a Team Challenge garden, the theme for this year is 'Kitchen Garden' and the kids from Scoil Padraig came up their own theme for our garden 'New v Old'. This project will see Scoil Padraig, Ionad Niamh Padraig Youth Club, Ionad Niamh Padraig Community Garden, Irish Wheelchair Association and the Solas Level 5 Horticulture crew coming together to create this unique community project. Also included in the picture are representatives from Solas Gweedore and National Learning Network, Letterkenny - who are delivering the Level 5 Horticulture Programme for Solus.
I had a super day on Sunday as a guest of Joanne Butler or Ourganic Garden in Gortahork. Gortahork is not normally my stomping ground, but Joanne invited me up to host a Winter Apple Tree Pruning day.
Joanne is building a super community focused horticulture and environmental project around her home there, with a sustainable woodland, an organic vegetable garden, livestock and more.
When it comes to Winter tree pruning...when you have big over grown trees...be grave and get stuck in!!
Always look for a goblet shape on these open planted trees, this helps to keep the centre of the tree more open and more productive.
We also covered winter washing, tree selection, grafting and staking trees.
The trees here are pretty well established, so wel also covered hwo to tie down the branches and make a more 'weeping' tree to try to keep them lower and make the fruit easier to pick...
To learn more about Joannes Ourganic Garden check out her website here
All in all a very productive day!
for more on selecting and care for apple trees check out this previous post on Apple Tree Maintenance and Care
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