The orchard in May
The month of May in the garden is full of satisfactions because the first spring fruits begin to be harvested, but it requires commitment because the trees must be continuously monitored to promptly notice the pathogens. In addition, the demand for water increases and there are a large number of routine maintenance works to be carried out such as pruning and thinning. It is instead too late for the new insertions: the temperatures are high and the plants would suffer.
Keeping the orchard clean and tidy is important both to facilitate normal processing and to hinder the spread of pests and diseases. If we have not done it before, it is better to make the first cut of the grass. The resulting shreds can be used for mulching the base of trees: they are an excellent source of nitrogen and help maintain moisture in the soil. Alternatively we can take them to a compost bin where they will help make the final product balanced and nutritious.
An intervention not to be forgotten is the thinning out of fruit which begins in April and lasts until the end of March. We first eliminate the damaged ones, affected by parasites, small or deformed. We continue where there is an excess in the same area. Apples, peaches, apricots and sometimes plums benefit from this treatment.