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Oh... missed your comment James. No I didn't make passion liquor - my Rozie ate them.
I use the technique of tying down the Vertical Branches, horizontally for my Climbing Roses. This causes the Roses to send up more Flowering Branches near a leaf where the Rose Branches have been bent.
This technique works the same way with Fruit Trees. I find my Topiary and Espelier Citrus give more fruit per 30cms. I am also growing Apples this way but it is too soon to tell how they will respond to being pruned to a Decorative Archway.
I have noticed over the years that in the new season, a cluster of large fruit develops at the base of each leaf stem on the branch, so if you prune, you sacrifice a lot of mulberries. The tree was here when we bought the place in 2003 and I used a lot of heavy rocks to weigh down the branches. I think I have a photo of that moment, will find and post.
Heh Andrew, what did you do with those humungous passion fruit you showed me? Did you make a passion liquor out of some of them?
Ah so you keep the branches pointing down, James? I'd read about this and wondered. Some tie rocks to the branches when they are young and pliable. Currently I have a young tree in a bin - a supposedly 'dwarf' how dwarf a Mulberry really is I don't know yet. So there's branches waiting to be pruned which are pointing to the sky. Tying them down with something to the rim of the bin might be a goer for me. Certainly the plant did not produce much fruit although it is its first complete year in the ground.
Dave I like to grow what grows easily. I used to buy dynamic lifter but since a mower man started dropping off his grass clippings, I find I don't need to buy anything. The earth worms are doing their job.
Thanks to one of Lissa's G V's, I have 10 Abika plants, and 6 Cranberry hibiscus plants. I also have a hedge of Sweet Leaf, and about forty dandelions, and always have self seeded Rocket popping up, so we never have trouble making a salad. In the cooler months there's pig weed, chick weed and milk thistle. All the above are very easy to grow.
I also garden to keep down the cost of living.
I'm jealous heaps. My patch is desultory for reasons unknown.There's not so much the girding of loins as one would hope -- if all veg were male and had loins to gird.
Thanks Dianne, I must have inherited my grandfather's green thumb gene. He won prizes for his vegetables in the Mary Valley Show in the 1920's
Mark I have never had this quantity or quality before but I did water it more this year.
I do not prune the new branches that grow vertically but bend them and thread them down and under other hanging branches, maintaining a low Willow tree shape. Over time I have had to prune old thick low hanging branches due to being fed up with bumping my head, a word of advice :- don't wear a hat under a mulberry tree.
You are some Food Gardener, crops when they are out of season. I applaud you. I hope the rain comes to our place whilst we are away.
how are you getting Mulberry at this time of year??????
Please explain " PH"
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