The Onion Flower

Writer and Horticulturist

Let There Be Light


Sunlight Through the Trees

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!

Green Tomatoes


2 thoughts on “Let There Be Light

  1. Hurrah for sun! We’ve been doing a lot of branch pruning this year, and I never regret it. It’s good to open things up a bit, and the trees don’t mind. Except for that one we killed (oops)…but that was more to do with roots being chopped in the shed-building process. But I never liked that mangy tree anyway 🙂

  2. I really wanted to prune more but one of my stingy neighbours said he needed to have a way to climb his tree so we had to leave 2 foot lengths of branches the whole way up. It looks ridiculous now. And why he needs to climb a tree that looks over my yard I would like to know…

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