I grew my newly-grafted apple trees in a mature Hügelkultur bed last year and was quite impressed with the results.
Category: Feature Articles
Gallery: Lifecycle of an Apple, From Bud to Blossom to Fruit
Follow the lifecycle of a single apple bud from dormancy to harvest, in this series of 40+ photos.
Another Grafting #EpicFail – A ‘Family’ Tree, Killed by Canker
The best laid plans of orchardists gang aft aglay when apple tree diseases get involved, including my latest grafting experiment.
Book Notes: English Orchards, a Landscape History, by Gerry Barnes and Tom Williamson
This fascinating history of orchards and in the English landscape is essential reading for pomologists and social historians alike.
Winter Pruning Cordon Apple Trees, ‘Short Spur’ Method
I’ve been winter pruning my cordon apple trees; here’s the general method I used and details of how I pruned each tree.
The Museum of Cider, a Highlight of Hereford
The Museum of Cider offers a rather fascinating visitor experience that any apple, orchard or cider fans will thoroughly enjoy.
On the Quiet Joy of Fruit-Bookish Ephemera
Sometimes you find the most fascinating bits and bobs tucked away in second-hand fruit books. Here’s my latest discovery.
Book Notes: The Commonplace Book of John Gwin of Llangwm
This historical document provides a fascinating insight into orcharding practises, and apple and pear varieties, of the C17th.
Gallery: Malus ‘Red Sentinel’ in Winter
A few snowy and icy days provided an opportunity for some lovely, wintry photos of a rather superb crab apple.
How To: Make ‘Pear-Stuffed Baked Squash’
Here’s my interpretation of William Hanbury’s C18th suggestion for a spicy, fruit-filled, baked squash. Yum!