Spring is finally here, and it’s time to think about your apple trees.
Yes, the harvest is months away, but now is the time to judiciously prune your tree for increased fruit production and health.
Don’t know how, or find it hard to follow the directions from a book? Join Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook on Saturday, April 6, for a free workshop led by ISA Certified Arborist David Couse.
“These workshops are a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about managing the long term growth of fruit trees,” said Jessica Windle, Wildsight Food Sustainability Coordinator. “It’s also a chance to try out some of the tree pruning and fruit picking equipment we have available to borrow.”
The tree-pruning workshops are just one part of the Apple Capture Project, which Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook got off the ground a couple years ago. The project works to connect excess or fallen apples with people who’d like to eat them — rather than allowing wildlife to do so.
Apple picking, juicing, and dehydrating equipment are all available in both Kimberley and Cranbrook, providing a way to preserve the inevitable bounty each fall.
This Saturday’s workshops will run from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in Cranbrook, and from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in Kimberley. Registration is required as space is limited.
To sign up for free, visit www.wildsight.ca/apples or call Jessica at 250-908-3276.