Backyard Farming Workshop Series is back in 2012!

We had a fantastic turnout for our first workshop of the season on Tree Care, Feb. 11th. If you missed it, just visit our blog to download the handouts.

Also, check out the full calendar for the season on our blog. We are happy to be collaborating with Erda Gardens and Learning Center this year to bring you another season of hands on workshops that are FREE and fantastic.

Our  next workshop will be February 25th from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd.) and it is focused on Acequias and Edible Landscapes We will discuss the history and purpose of the acequias and how you can access them. The second part of this workshop will be focused on planning and planting to ensure a bountiful harvest as well as how to use edible plants in landscaping. 

To RSVP contact Colleen at                          or call 505-314-0398


2 responses to “Backyard Farming Workshop Series is back in 2012!

  1. Hi, my husband attended the pruning workshop. I understand that the goal of pruning a shade tree is to get the first (lowest) row of branches to be above your head eventually. However, I can’t believe they told him this was also true of partiacularly dwarf fruit trees, as he is insisting. If so, then you’d have a 12 ft tree with only about 6 feet of space for any branches and fruit. It would probably look pretty much like a pancake on a stick! It would also mean you couldn’t harvest ANY fruit without a ladder, completely obliterating the usefulness of a “dwarf” tree. Could someone clarify the “lowest” height for branches on a dwarf fruit tree?? Thanks for any help.

    • From Joran Viers:

      For a truly dwarf tree, on fully dwarfing rootstock, the lowest branch would likely be about 2 – 2.5 feet above ground. Fully dwarfing rootstock needs support, the trees won’t stand up on their own roots, so a single stake, or a trellis system, is needed. For semi-dwarf rootstock, i’d likely try for a lowest branch somewhere between 3 and 4 feet above ground. Semi-dwarf rootstock can support itself, and won’t require support, though sometimes these are trellised as well. I agree with the questioner – what’s the point in fully (or even semi) dwarfed trees if no branching exists below that 6 foot level. Now, others might well disagree with me, and I believe Bryan Suhr was making a point about having the lowest branch high enough that it doesn’t get in the way of activities like mowing, but to me the best solution there is to mulch well around the tree so that you’re not trying to mow that close in anyway.

      Hope that helps!

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