Pondering Pruning and New Fruit Trees

Ponder. “To think about something carefully before reaching a conclusion.” Oh, the difference when we ponder! It’s a game-changing state of mind. And it is my gift to you this May – to send you off for a tool-free wander, to ponder your winter’s pruning. Having no tools to hand takes the pressure off, making […]

Branching Out

I hate a glaring gap, an empty space on a fruit tree where a branch should be … needs to be! Here’s a simple, old school trick to stimulate a bit of branching out. Choose a lovely fat bud in the locale of the wished for branch. Using something sharp take a slice out of […]

July in the Orchard

Planting fruit trees is a pleasure – it’s those visions of cellared apples, of bottled pears and fresh apricots that make it so. How to tie a fruit tree Please stake your new trees well. Remove that flimsy bamboo stake and the green tape that holds it there (these are not intended to be permanent). […]

June in the Orchard

The time has come to mulch my trees. This means the big job of cutting grass which has been left wild since November. That lovely long sward of grass and wildflowers keeps the moisture in and feeds my garden helpers. This will be a family event to be sure, and it’ll be lovely to freshen […]