It’s September, which for many people means school is starting and summer is officially over. For the Community Fruit Tree Harvest, though, it means we’re in full swing and looking forward to more pears and apples as the season goes on.
The Community Fruit Tree Harvest also brings volunteers together to harvest and learn from each other. Earlier this month I learned from Rita, a volunteer harvest leader for the Central District and Capitol Hill neighborhoods, that some trees, if not pruned properly, will only bear fruit every other year. That’s a good incentive to keep trees properly pruned and cared for, so that you’ll have fruit every year.
After our dry summer, many fruit trees are thirsty. With the arrival of the autumn rains, harvesting might be a little more of an adventure, but the change in weather brings the promise of healthy, nourished, trees and fruit for years to come.