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Blossom

Top-Fruit Blossom, Spring 2020

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 […]

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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

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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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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Top Fruit Pruning

Modified Lorette System Pruning, Summer 2017

Applying the Modified Lorette to our air-pot mini-orchard apple trees.

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Top Fruit Thinning

Time To Thin Out The Apples

Thinning out weaker, surplus fruitlets helps to improve the size and quality of the final fruits.

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Miscellaneous

Air-Pot Mini-Orchard Update: It’s Blossom Time

A healthy display of blossom should hopefully mean a few fruits to enjoy later in the year.

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Fruit Tree Planting

Establishing Our Air-Pot Mini Orchard

In which we plant out our new fruit trees into air-pot containers.

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Orchard Work

Our Fruit Trees are Here!

Taking delivery of our fruit trees from the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale.