(not so) Pro Tips

Tip #1: Prune your plants!

This does not refer to the replacing of your plants or seedlings with the actual fruit known as “prune”. Although a favourite among folks lacking fibre, your community garden plot is probably not the place for a prune tree. Or bush. However prunes grow. Unless maybe you want to grow one single prune plant? If that’s your intention then stop reading this and get out there you enthusiastic so-and-so!

Spondias purpurea - or "Prune"

Actually you probably should not do that.

It’s mostly none of my business what you grow, but you might end up shading out your neighbours’ gardens. Which is not really very neighbourly…

In any case, I am referring to the ever-popular practice of cutting back your plants as they grow so that they thrive the way humans intend rather than nature. Because thriving veggie plants leads to thriving humans! Yay!

I don't know much, but I  do know that this is not the way to prune small veggies.
I don’t know much, but I do know that this is not the way to prune small veggies.
Prune prune prune your plants, make them strong and lean (sung to the tune of "Row Row Row Your Boat")
Prune prune prune your plants, make them strong and lean (sung to the tune of “Row Row Row Your Boat”)

I can’t tell you how to do it properly, because it’s pretty particular to each plant. I just know you are supposed to do it.

I get the impression one should chop back some leaves and branches so that the plant can focus its energy on growing the fruit/vegetable that you desire. Also you don’t necessarily want one thing taking over the entire garden.

Real life example!

Last year, my husband and I did not prune our brussel sprout bushes ONE BIT! And we grew some lovely bushes that never sprouted any sprouts. I know I know. We are crazy hippies with no respect for gardening. But, after consulting the Internet, we quickly learned why. We should have been pruning.

So please do your research. Figure out the correct methods.

OR ask your neighbours for their advice! Those people are fountains of untapped prunerific pruning proficiency.

Until next time,

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Garden (Wo)Man.

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