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Trees Over A Gravel Streak

Categories: Fruit Growing

I have an apricot orchard seven years old. Most of the land is a fairly

heavy clay with a strip of gravel in the middle running nearly north and

south. The trees on the clay bear good crops, but those on the gravel

are usually much lighter in bearing and this year had a very light crop.

Can you tell me of anything I can do to make them bear? The trees are

large and healthy looking, and grow big crops of brush.

We should try some water in July on the gravel streak, hoping to

continue activity in the tree later to induce formation of strong fruit

for the following year. On the clay loam the soil does this by its

superior retentiveness.