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Everybody says you’ve got to trim (prune) those trees, and I agree, untrimmed apple trees look pretty ugly, so I too do it.

I’m almost done with the apple trees.

Some don’t need trimming, like pear trees, and some trees and bushes are better pruned in the summer or fall, like the prunes and plums.

It’s that time of year. Every year the fruit trees need to be pruned or at least trimmed. 

  

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As always, I use the no-method approach  – whatever looks and feels nice. 

This year I’ve also trimmed all the small trees that I’ve planted over the last few years, cutting off all the lower branches and root shoots. 

  

  

  

  

Mostly plum, prune and cherry trees.

Someday this will be a double hedge or tunnel hedge.

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It is still good weather for planting more trees – wet and not too cold. The seedlings where dug up in the spring and potted, so that the roots could develop during the summer and fall. They almost never have any trouble surviving the winter and getting rooted in time for the dry weather in spring and summer.

This year I’ve planted at least 50 trees. Many kinds of fruit and nuts, shade trees and wind breaks. The hedges have a mix of just about any large growing tree I can find. The more variety the better.

The weather appears to be turning colder. Autumn is ending, and winter is coming on.

I found some more plants on sale last week, so in an end of season effort I planted 12 more trees and bushes completing one end of the hedge.

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With frost holding firm, I got the second crop circle done – the clay soil turned over, ditching improved and leaves spread over the turned soil.

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But not without plenty of rest in the ‘bus stop’.

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At Rosendals Trädgård today.

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The straight and narrow road to Djurbygård, our home, is lined with majestic trees – lindens and maples. The fog of this morning has been transformed into rimfrost by the freezing temperatures. In the summer the linden flowers exude a strong fragrance that attracts multitudes of bees and insects causing the allé to buzz with life.

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The hedgerow

I’ve been working on this hedge for 5 years now, and it’s going slow, but it’s starting to take root. We get a lot of wind mostly blowing from the west, so I’ve been planting trees and bushes along the western edge of the garden as a windbreak.

I could never afford to buy a full grown hedge, so I dig up seedings whenever and where ever I find them, plant them in pots to get them going and then plant them out along the hedge row in the fall.

This hedge is a mix of any hedge plant I find interesting – hazel, lilac, maples, rowen, oak, roses, grapes, hawthorn, walnut, honeysuckle, beech and many more. Maple seedlings are the easiest to find and propagate, so they have become the backbone. I also buy some trees and bushes when ever I can find them cheap.

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Last fall I completed planting the first row, and started a second one parallel.

At Grönsö estate nearby I saw a double hedge of mostly maple about three meters high which formed a tunnel. I’m going to do the same. I’ll let it grow to about 4 meters and keep the inside clear.

With all the flowers, berries and nuts it will become a refuge for bees, insects, wildlife and birds. We can harvest some of the produce too. This is one of the main ideas of permaculture.

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Tree planting mixture

Over the years I’ve improved my planting methods. I dig a bigger hole in the clay soil, fill it with planting mixture, water, plant the seedling and water lots until it gets established. This mixture consists of clay soil, sandy gravel and black dirt. It seams to work very well. They also need chicken wire protection from deer, and a stake each to be able to find the plant when weeding. Then in about twenty years time it will grow to become a proper hedge and wind break.

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Gypsy wagon lying down.

Early this morning I was awakened by the wind and a crash. I had to get up and have a look. My premonitions were true – my son’s gypsy wagon project had blown over. Now he has to take much of it apart and repair what he can. He also has to reconsider some of the details such as height.

I was also worried about a very tall pole set up this summer for hops to grow on, but it held. I put on some extra ropes now to anchor it better. It too needs reconsideration and may get moved to a better place.

We get a lot of wind here. There seems to be a canyon-like flow through here to the valley below. I have been putting in a lot of trees and a hedge to diminish this effect, but it will take 20 years at least before we see much effect.