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  1. tonytomeo says:

    It still seems odd to me that so many believe that horticulture becomes less demanding during autumn and winter. When orchards still occupied the Santa Clara Valley, autumn was the beginning of the pruning season. In the mild climate, pruning season did not last long enough for all the work that needed to be done. That is why some pruning started earlier, before defoliation.

    1. mallr says:

      I’ve only really appreciated gardening in autumn over the past few years as I’ve learnt more about gardening and growing. For some reason, most likely due to only thinking of gardening as sowing and growing plants, my view was gardening activity started in Spring and ended in Autumn. I wish I’d learnt more earlier!

      1. tonytomeo says:

        It is regional of course, and relevant to what is growing. Dormant pruning would be a bit less rushed (per quantity) where winters are longer. Also, not every garden includes fruit trees that need specialized dormant pruning. Some of the odd species that I encounter in the Los Angeles region barely slow down for winter, but then behave as if experiencing a quick dormancy as winter becomes spring. Such seasons would take some getting used to.

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