Bare rooted fruiting and ornamental trees and rainy days is the inspiration for gardening this month. While soil is wet and trees are dormant it’s the perfect time to establish young trees or move existing to a different area in the garden.
All those plants that are in the wrong place have the best chance of survival if moved this month.
The Art of Espalier
The perfect solution for growing trees, climbers and shrubs in small spaces is the practice of espalier. Espalier is the term used to describe a fruit tree or shrub whose branches are trained to grow flat against a wall supported on lattice, cable, wire, or a framework of stakes. Espalier is not a new gardening practice, in the 17th century it was the word initially used to refer to the actual trellis or framework that a plant was growing on. Over hundreds of years it has come to describe the art of training the plant and the plant itself as a complete unit.
Essentials for successful espalier