The fruit trees are at their sweetest at this time of year – the promise of a harvest in the bees supping on the pretty blossoms. Are the bees in your fruit trees?
The early plums are setting fruit already, the later ones still blossoming; and here come the pips – the buds are on the move!
If your pears had blister mite and you need to spray an oil now is the time (I use Tui Eco Oil.)
Feed Your Deciduous Fruit Trees
If you haven’t fed your fruit trees yet then best you do tout de suite.There is no one size fits all – it depends of course on the state of your soil. The floor in my deciduous orchard is dark and wormy so now I skip the compost and add gypsum and roksolid and mulch.
If it’s sandy or clay where your fruit trees are then spread a 2cm layer of compost plus something mineral like seaweed or roksolid, plus gypsum if your soils are on the heavy side topped off with a beneficient layer of mulch. Be generous here, get out to the drip line if you can. Moisture retention is super important to swelling fruits.
Monthly foliar seaweed or fish sprays plus Neem or EM, from now on in are a huge benefit. Strong cells and active soils mean robust plants better equipped to cope with any conditions. Will it be dry? Will it be wet? Hot? Cold? Windy? these things we just don’t know and can do nothing about. Will we be strong – this we can do, this we can count on.
Make your own mulch
Don’t feel you need to splash out and buy over priced pea straw – make your own lovely brew from soft prunings. Trees need a more woody mulch than vegies – so trim back your lavendars, tree lucerne, rosemary; gather up pine needles and add any leaf mould or rotten hay you’ve so carefully gathered this winter. Mix it altogether and hey hey – beautiful mulch.
Sit back and relax if your trees are underplanted with lashings of comfrey. Very smart you are (self mulching trees means less work for you). Although new comfrey cuttings and young trees will require mulch until well established.