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Pruning Helping
We have finished our last major round of harvesting for the season, now it's time for pruning.  Proper pruning helps keep the trees healthy and maximize their production in future years.  The best time to prune is right after harvesting, before the start of the next growing season.  The trick is to finish all the pruning before the next heavy rain arrives, causing all the trees to bloom and start growing again.

There is no way I can prune all the trees myself.  Luckily I have a good crew that is experienced at pruning.  We had six pruners this year.  Seven counting me but I can't go nearly as fast as they can.  At least I managed to keep up much better this year than I did last year.  We finished the entire back field in only two days.  The house field took another day.  Our two front fields are still young and don't need as much pruning so I'll do those on my own.

Most of the pruning crew speaks little English and my Spanish is very poor but when it came time for lunch I did manage to make a deal.  I'll normally head back to the house for lunch and make myself something fancy like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  This time when I noticed the pruning crew cooking up their delicious looking barbeque I decided some negotiating was in order.  I checked the chicken coop and found a bunch of freshly laid eggs.  They seemed happy to add eggs to the menu in exchange for a couple burritos.  Our fresh eggs are good but I think I got the better end of the deal because those burritos were delicious.

Burritos Eggs




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