It’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 […]
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.
In which we remove the lower branches to create space for the tree’s owner to move around their garden.