Bossing the Fruit Trees

I have little room in my urban orchard, a 20 square metres car space with 60+ trees. Under those circumstances, you have to play God; I mean I do.  A garden is an artificial world.  Every decision is woman made, allowing for limitations set by the location.

There is no right or wrong way about it; there’s only your way.  Maybe that is why so many of us like to garden. – you, the creator of the garden, decide –  everything, even matters of life and death.

To the casual observer my orchard may appear to be a jumble of trees; in fact the air space control is equal to that at the airport.

This morning, when the Myer lemon and the bergamot orange were vying for the sun and threatened to lock horns with their branches, I had to decide which gets right of way. Prune both branches back?  They would advance again in the same direction.  Taking the limb off one tree would encourage the other to push further into it.  Take both limbs off?  That would be a shame as both branches are laden with flowers.  I am no Solomon.

In the end I tied one down to a brick on the ground and pinned the other back with a stake.  Now they will never meet again.  Traffic eased and collision averted.


About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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7 Responses to Bossing the Fruit Trees

  1. This was so nice & innocent Mary.. Gosh!! I loved the pruning dilemma you faced 😂👍🏻👍🏻

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  2. mattb325 says:

    There is something quite relaxing about the total control in your own garden….there are few other areas in life where you can exert your will so completely, from what is grown to how…I love every second of it!

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  3. Well done, Mary. I love the concept of air space control, and your manner of achieving it.

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  4. Cynthia says:

    Interesting concept. When I started to transfer all my interest from my huge, complicated perreniel borders to the fruit and vegetable gardens, an elderly master gardener told me it was because I was craving order and control in my life and manifesting that need through the gardens. Could be, lol.

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