What is left of the large centennial pear tree is its stump, trunk and a few pips. Should we have preserved this tree of the Curé pear cultivar in the interests of agriculture?
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Le poirier de 150 ans et l’agriculture locale
Du grand poirier centenaire, il reste la souche, le tronc et quelques pépins. Fallait-il sauvegarder cet arbre de la variété Curé dans l’intérêt de l’agriculture ?
Peaches in chilly Aurillac
It will come as a surprise to many, who believe Aurillac is France’s coldest city, that peaches actually grow here. I visited Claude’s garden on 8 August, where he has been cultivating this fruit for almost half a century.
How not to prune a tree
As we are in the most active part of the winter pruning season for apple and pear trees in France, we look at an example of bad pruning and its consequences, in particular the growth of unfruitful ‘watershoots’.
How can a garden be taken care of when its owners are away on a summer holiday? Here are a few words on a question which will require further investigation.
Sharing graft wood
The ‘Croqueurs de Pommes du Cantal’1 is a charity that lists and protects local fruit cultivars; its members exchange scions to graft new trees. I put myself to the test: would I be able to participate and provide scions from our trees?
Pears, hornets and pebbles
In September I attempted to stop hornets from eating our pears… with pebbles. The improvised solution worked rather well, without damaging the pears.