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Thoughts while pruning peach trees

Posted 3/8/2011 4:54am by Sam Bellamy.

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Thoughts while pruning peach trees. With so much to do it seems hard to slow down and focus on one thing. But pruning requires focus and thought. The refreshing part is that you have to focus on one thing. For me that is the beginning of really soaking in what is happening in a peach orchard. Besides the acute intimacy with the weather, the sky, the wind, which can vary from frigid ,wet, cold ,to balmy, pleasant, sunny, warm , colorful and filled with sights of birds, geese and rabbits, the trees have your attention. The trees have been in all the weather and you begin to notice just what the months have been like for the trees since the regular routine of frequent tasks of summer’s end. Many old pests have sought to leave their mark. Some more successful than you want. As you prune away unwanted wood and dead wood you realize just how the many pressures in the environment affect a delicate fruit tree. You are amazed that a fruit so tender, so impressionable can grow into a beautiful, sweet, juicy treat without having something ruin it before it’s prime. Even peach trees are fragile and keeping them vigorous and healthy is real work. But the simple beauty of the blossoms and the remembrance of last year’s peaches urges you to give it your best. Why, because you know that somewhere in it all are living fruit buds that have the potential to become peaches that put a sparkle in your eyes and draw a smile on your face!

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