March 27, 2017

A Big Pruning Project at the Farm

Lots of pruning continues at the farm.

After the long winter, it's refreshing to discover a few signs of spring, such as the soft, velvety paws of the pussy willow, Salix discolor. After purchasing my farm, I decided to plant an entire mixed-variety pussy willow grove in an area behind my main greenhouse - at the moist edge of the wetlands. In 2012, my outdoor grounds crew gave the pussy willows a heavy pruning. It is good to do this every few years to keep them productive and healthy. Now, five years later, it was time to do it again before the start of any active growth. Here are some photos of the process.