Mid-winter activities include pruning, planting, and the various jobs that will help your young trees get a great start so they will be productive trees throughout their life.

It’s also a terrific time to build a worm farm (if you don’t already have one), or if it’s just too cold to be working outdoors in your climate zone, a great time to really understand how healthy soil gives your trees protection from pests and diseases.

Deciduous fruit trees need a certain number of cold hours (called ‘chill factor’). Mid-winter is the perfect time to work out your chill factor and to learn how it differs to frost, and how frost can impact your fruit trees. At the same time (believe it or not), in some climate zones it’s already time to be watching out for the first signs of spring, to make sure you don’t get caught by surprise!

Happy harvests!

Hugh and Katie