A couple of weeks ago a kind friend came and helped me prune most of our fruit trees so that I could learn how to do it myself. We still had three established trees left to prune after the lessons. Yesterday we finally headed out to the orchard to tackle them.
We found it kinda stressful!
We didn't find it straightforward. When you look at a branch like the one above you don't know where to start! Is this a good structural branch that should stay? Should we cut off some of the scrappy bits? Arggggh! Which ones?!!! I think we did okay for novices but I suppose the apple and plum crops will let us know if we did a good job....
Our hard working Buddy Boy dug holes in the ground as we worked....
but when he started 'helping' us prune we handed him some offcuts and a pair of pliers!
Even the chooks were interested in our pruning methods!
And now that August has arrived I need to update you on Plastic Free July. Keeping all of our single use plastic wasn't as easy as I expected. Sometimes people forgot and threw stuff out and there was some plastic we couldn't keep. I think we ate four meals of meat that came in plastic wrapping. Obviously I wanted to throw those pieces out. Next year I might keep a record instead of keeping the plastic. I also had three pieces of plastic on the bench waiting to go into my plastic stash and when I went to get them, they weren't there! So I think there was probably a lot more plastic that came through our house that wasn't accounted for. It is such a habit to just throw it away that people do it without thinking.
|Our final stash of plastic|
All in all, it was an interesting exercise that really made me aware of how much plastic is still in our lives. I would encourage everyone to take part in a plastic free challenge. Even a couple of days would be enough to get you thinking.
There were other interested factors in the challenge. I have previously noticed that my family suffer some sort of strange eye rolling disorder when they are at my house. Must be something in my house that sets them off! Well an explanation of my plans to take part in PFJ and a request that they bring no plastic seemed to really exacerbate this condition. Boy did their eyes roll!
And there were other unexpected dilemmas. A friend arrived with finger buns for afternoon tea one day. They were encased in a sturdy, single use plastic container! Arggggh! What to do?!!! So did I handle this situation graciously and with thought for my well meaning friend? No! After some deliberation I decided to insist she take her container home - after we ate all the buns of course!!!
Do you know how to prune? Can you do it with confidence? Does someone help you with the task?
And did you take part in Plastic Free July? How did you go?