Latest Posts and Updates
- Top-Fruit Blossom, Spring 2020It’s been a rather incredible year for fruit blossom, hasn’t it? The past couple of days have turned a bit grey and wet (although of course the much-needed rain is hugely welcomed) but the first four weeks of April were sunny, hot and dry, and fruit trees responded with an effusive outpouring of flowers. Of […]
- The Biffin DilemmaIn which I try to work out whether I can justify the energy consumption needed to cook up a classic apple dessert…
- Another Holly Mount Pruning Session, February 2020A grey but dry and hugely enjoyable Sunday afternoon was well spent on helping to finish off this year’s winter pruning work.
- Mature Apple Tree: Restoration PruningHere’s how I went about the first phase of restorative pruning on a mature apple three that has been sadly neglected for a few years.
- Stepover Apple Trees: Winter PruningHere’s how I pruned three stepover trees on our allotment plot, leaving them until January rather than pruning in late summer as usually advised.
- Pruning Session: Holly Mount Orchard, January 2020On a grey and drizzly afternoon I spent a happy few hours helping to winter prune a few of the trees in Holly Mount community orchard.
- Book Notes: Apple, by Marcia ReissA review of Marcia Reiss’ social history of the apple, as told from a US-based perspective.
- Restoration Pruning of an Overgrown Plum TreeImproving the branch structure of an overgrown and crowded plum tree on our allotment plot.
- How To: (Hopefully) Prevent an Orchard Aphid NightmareIn which I attempt to save our damson from the ravages of an aphid infestation.
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