What can we collect?
August is perhaps the most profitable month of the year, especially if in our plot we have a wide range of fruit bearing. Apples and pears, apricots, peaches, small fruits, late cherries and almonds will be available. Early figs begin to mature; late citrus fruits are also available almost everywhere.
Some fruits can be collected in one pass (for example apples and pears); for others it is good to choose the most ripe ones every 5-10 days. Usually the right degree is reached when the pulp is slightly yielding and easily detach from the branch. We prefer to proceed in the less hot hours of the day: above all stone fruit will be less prone to damage.
Before starting it is a good idea to have properly prepared the rooms for storage.
A constant presence is essential to engage in the scalar harvesting, in the monitoring of the health of the trees and gives us the possibility to set up new plants and productions for years to come.
General processing, pruning, grafting
In the already structured orchards there are not many essential processes. We will limit ourselves to cleaning the space between the rows, possibly making one or two cuts of the lawn. The scraps can be used for mulching or brought to the compost bin together with the other healthy waste deriving from the garden and garden.
Some monocultures require free soil: we will periodically carry out a surface processing in order to keep the surface airy and permeable, in addition to preventing the spread of weeds.
Anyone wishing to plant fruit trees on a new plot can start working at this moment: we plow the whole area in depth and incorporate organic soil improvers and possibly draining material (if it was too clayey). We will encourage good aeration and optimal bacterial development.
If we have not done this before, we proceed with the training or maintenance pruning. It is also possible to make dormant or vegetative bud grafts.