Our fruit trees produce abundantly but last year the fig and pomegranates had no fruit. Once full croppers, the trees had been neglected or trimmed incorrectly. I studied pruning advice online and now, after correct treatment, these trees are neat, stark silhouettes. They should re-crop as nourishment will reach the correct parts of the trees.
There are no crossing boughs or branches growing upward. The low boughs are half their original length. Once in leaf again, light will reach the middle of the trees. Their lower height will make it easier to pick the fruit and we might reach it before the birds or fruit bats! Of course, the fruit can be bought too.
The trees had become ornamental rather than practical. Now the fig trees are back to their purpose of providing fruit for our home-made fig jam, fig ice cream, baked fig with rosemary and honey, a starter of fig with parma ham or chopped fig with breakfast muesli. Once the skin splits, we know our own pomegranates are ready to eat. They make our juice or we sprinkle the seeds over breakfast porridge/muesli/ natural yogurt or salads and we add them to middle eastern tagines.