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Top Fruit Harvesting

How to: Pick Apples and Pears

Top fruit harvest season is here, so it’s time for a guide to picking apples and pears the safe and careful way.

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Orchard Work

Thinning Out Apple and Pear Fruitlets

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.

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Blossom

Top-Fruit Blossom, Spring 2020

2020 has been a rather excellent year for fruit blossom. Here’s a gallery of some examples I’ve seen in various places.

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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.