Last week my tiny urban garden got a haircut. Although we don’t have any large trees in our own backyard our neighbours have large mature trees that overhang us. Manitoba Maples, an Oak and an Elm tree that make for a lovely but shady yard. Growing tomatoes, eggplant and squash is a bit of struggle when you’ve only got 4 hours of direct sunlight a day. And so, after consultation with the neighbours we went ahead and had one of the smaller, tightly packed trees removed and pruned the branches of the others. What a difference! Late morning sunlight now filters through this lighter canopy and strikes the ground in areas where leggy plants struggled in vain.
I expect to see these tomatoes turning red very soon now!