Pruning walnuts

In Australia, July is a month for pruning walnuts. Winter days are cold, wet and windy. The leaflessness offers up those branches that are low or misdirected to thwack summer’s tractor with rascally nuts.

Pruning is a philosopher’s task. Should I redirect the life energy of the tree for next season’s gain with a cut or profit from the imminent nuts?

Pruning is a time for rebirth; building the bounty to come after the chaos of the harvest, production and marketing. It is a clean conversation with nature about matters important to the orchard. It takes time; time to stand a little back to ponder. Time to consult with others before proceeding. Time to listen to the trees.

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