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Orchard Work

Thinning Out Apple and Pear Fruitlets

Fruit thinning is an essential operation to carry out to improve your chances of better quality fruit this year and more fruit buds next year.

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Blossom

Top-Fruit Blossom, Spring 2020

2020 has been a rather excellent year for fruit blossom. Here’s a gallery of some examples I’ve seen in various places.

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Miscellaneous

The Biffin Dilemma

In which I try to work out whether I can justify the energy consumption needed to cook up a classic apple dessert…

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Orchard Work Top Fruit Pruning

Another Holly Mount Pruning Session, February 2020

A grey but dry and hugely enjoyable Sunday afternoon was well spent on helping to finish off this year’s winter pruning work.

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Orchard Work Top Fruit Pruning

Mature Apple Tree: Restoration Pruning

Here’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.

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Orchard Work Top Fruit Pruning

Stepover Apple Trees: Winter Pruning

Here’s how I pruned three stepover trees on our allotment plot, leaving them until January rather than pruning in late summer as usually advised.

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Orchard Work Top Fruit Pruning

Pruning Session: Holly Mount Orchard, January 2020

On 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.

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Book Notes

Book Notes: Apple, by Marcia Reiss

A review of Marcia Reiss’ social history of the apple, as told from a US-based perspective.

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Top Fruit Pruning

Restoration Pruning of an Overgrown Plum Tree

Improving the branch structure of an overgrown and crowded plum tree on our allotment plot.

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Orchard P&D

How To: (Hopefully) Prevent an Orchard Aphid Nightmare

In which I attempt to save our damson from the ravages of an aphid infestation.