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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.

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Top Fruit Pruning

Pruning: Crown-Lifting a Bramley’s Seedling

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

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Orchard Work

Restorative Pruning Workshop, Platt Fields, Manchester

A day of pruning tuition and practice at Platt Fields community orchard with the Orchard Project.