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.
2020 has been a rather excellent year for fruit blossom. Here’s a gallery of some examples I’ve seen in various places.
In which I try to work out whether I can justify the energy consumption needed to cook up a classic apple dessert…
A grey but dry and hugely enjoyable Sunday afternoon was well spent on helping to finish off this year’s winter pruning work.
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.
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.
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.
A review of Marcia Reiss’ social history of the apple, as told from a US-based perspective.
Improving the branch structure of an overgrown and crowded plum tree on our allotment plot.
In which I attempt to save our damson from the ravages of an aphid infestation.