25th of March was a lovely sunny day – ideal for some fruit bush pruning action! We had a perfect handful of five learners who followed Peter’s instructions to prune black currant and gooseberry bushes at our Tayport Fruit Tree Walk. We captured the process on video which should give you a good idea of how the art of pruning works in practice and what tools you may need. If you still have questions simply pop by the Garden for a chat with Peter.
In the blackcurrant pruning video below Peter starts with a tool talk and then gives tips on why and how to prune your established bushes. During the session Peter also recommended we looked for blackcurrant big bud – a bud mite infestation which is easily detectable and treatable at this time of the year. Thankfully we found no evidence of it on our bushes!
Some of our gooseberries were big enough to give them a prune too. Here is a video of Peter and Vanessa going through the process of pruning one bush. You can ceratinly see why we think it’s more of an art than a science!
We also found this lovely blog from New Zealand which seems to have a very easy set of instructions to follow for pruning both the blackcurrants and gooseberries (as well as red and white currants) here.