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Espalier

Espalier

Espalier

Now that Fall is here, all I can think of is what I want to make with apples and pears and other seasonal fruits and vegetables that are so abundant right now.  This year, we were able to plant some peach and cherry trees at our farmhouse, but I really love the idea of espalier apple trees (especially since we don’t have a lot of orchard space).

Espalier is a horticultural practice where you train a tree (usually a fruit tree) to grow flat against a wall by means of lattice, wires, or stakes.  This technique can be used when garden space is limited or when you when you want to extend the growing season. Because the tree grows against a wall, it can absorb more sunlight and retain heat longer so the fruit has more time to grow.  The trees can be trained to grow horizontally and vertically.

Aren’t they beautiful?  They look so sculptural and inspiring.  Do any of you do this?

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