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Orchard orthopedics

It’s discouraging how many years of work and patience and grief are required to start an orchard. In addition to the child mortality, the trees refuse to grow straight. I’m not sure why that is. It’s probably because young apple trees start as apple stock grafted onto root stock. So there is no natural symmetry when the trees are infants. The young trees are just ugly little sticks. In any case, orthopedics is required when the trees are adolescents.

If you want a nice orchard when you’re old, start when you’re about 26.

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