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Orchards (5) Mulching trees

Posted on:
Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Author:
charlotte

When the ground has warmed up and the soil is moist it is a good time to mulch fruit trees. Mulching of young trees  is important if they are to thrive well and it is particularly important for those trees on smaller rootstocks. Grass roots are dense and compete for space, water and nutrients but [...]

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Orchards (4). Planting fruit trees.

Posted on:
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Author:
charlotte

I think that is all the trees planted for this season, we have planted eight fruit trees in the Empty Common Community Garden and 20 fruit trees on my land. Planting should be done between December and March and times of heavy frost should be avoided. In heavy clay soils which are likely to remain [...]

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Orchards (3) Pruning two year olds

Posted on:
Sunday, February 10th, 2013
Author:
charlotte

Orchards (3). Pruning two year olds. After all the bitterly cold weather it was good to be out for a day of pruning and learning as I helped Bob Lever prune the two year old apple trees in East of England Apple and Orchard Project’s orchard. Their orchard  has two of each East Anglian variety [...]

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Orchards (2). Poor pear trees.

Posted on:
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
Author:
charlotte

  Today I went up to the community orchard and pampered some young pear trees which have suffered badly from some human, weather and pest vandalism. They were planted to grow as espalier trees but are all over the place, Some have shoots everywhere except where they should be and some have virtually no side [...]

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Orchards (1). How we should live with nature.

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Saturday, December 8th, 2012
Author:
charlotte

Orchards (1). How we should live with nature. I have fallen in love with orchards. I have been studying their ecology and management  in books on these cold wintery evenings and have also taken the East of England Apple and Orchard Project’s day courses on how to rescue, recover, formative prune and create orchards. The [...]

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