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The last move

The last moveI was asked over the weekend when was the best time to move a fruit tree, granted they were only new trees and had only been in their position for 2 years. There’s only one answer, as soon as possible, so that the jobs done before the sap starts rising. We all have changes of [...]

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Buying a fruit tree

Buying a fruit treeAbout now the D.I.Y. stores and supermarkets start carrying a stock of fruit trees, apples, plums and pears. The big question is whether they are worth buying and what should I be looking out for when selecting a tree. Let’s start with the second point first, perhaps the most important thing to look at is [...]

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The promise of things to come!

The promise of things to come!It’s cold and wet outside, and there’s the threat of snow showers, definitely not the time to be outside in the garden. So it’s an ideal time to do a little planning of what to grow next year and review what has done well this year. This not only helps with planning rotation, but gives [...]

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February in the Garden

February in the GardenThis is the month that drives me crazy.  For several days you can get weather that tells you that winter is over and the urge to plant seeds grows, then just as you finish those early sowings it snows! In the garden I am also looking at how much digging I still have to do [...]

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Do you want a better Apple? Part 2

Do you want a better Apple?  Part 2Well first the good news, spur bearing apple trees naturally want to develop fruiting spurs. All we are doing is helping to promote this natural process.  In looking at your apple tree you will see a number of new laterals (shoots) which have developed this year. These will be in the body of the tree [...]

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