Belgian apple fence
Last fall when I was trying to figure out how to build a Belgian fence with apples in my south Orange County garden, it took me quite a while to find the right info. So... just in case someone is looking for ideas, I have attached a link to my Webshots album. The link shows the assembly of the fixture & the tree plan for the space I have with 11 varieties of trees spaced 18 inches apart.
They were planted in Jan of 2007. This was the first year in the ground so I have no harvest data, but the project has been interesting.
All summer long, I pinched off the side branches about weekly & the trees grew quite well. The end of November, I pruned all the blades off the leaves leaving the petioles. This was a technique I learned form a bonsai friend who specializes in fruiting bonsai. The idea was also iterated in a handout I saw at Laguna Hills Nursery where they suggested that stripping the leaves in November may help fruiting. We'll see how well this works in a few months.
Here is a link that might be useful: Belgian Fence Webshot album