Before you start in on this year’s winter pruning, check out this sound advice from a 30+ year expert orchardist.
Mr Worlidge outlines the advantages of growing pears rather than apples in wet, heavy soils, and tells us the best C17th sorts to plant for perry.
Here’s a seventeenth century recipe for a classic pear pie. Packed full of sugar and spice, it’s also rosewater-iced, which sounds nice…
It’s my 2023 fruit growing round-up! The highs and the lows, the good and the bad, the weird and the wonderful.
In which I re-post a selection of how-to articles that will help you get the best from your apple and pear harvests this autumn.
This historical document provides a fascinating insight into orcharding practises, and apple and pear varieties, of the C17th.
Here’s my interpretation of William Hanbury’s C18th suggestion for a spicy, fruit-filled, baked squash. Yum!
Here are the extended highlights of this year’s harvest of apples, pears, quinces, plums and damsons. Top fruit galore!
It’s that fruitlet thinning time of year again! Grab your sharpest snips and head on down to your orchard.
Spring-time in the orchard and beautiful blossom buds are about to burst into life. So why is it such a tense and worrying time..?