Espalier and cordoning

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These practical pruning techniques maximise space in a garden by training fruit trees and berries along small, narrow spaces such as sunny walls and fence lines.  Espalier and cordoning makes for easy picking and provides more manageable quantities of fruit.  Most stone and pip fruit trees can be espaliered successfully.  Some root stocks are more suitable for these techniques than others.  Plant nurseries will be able to give advice as to which rootstock to choose.  you can see fruit trees trained along the fencelines in the Sustainable Backyard.

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