Growing apples on the allotment


by Jane Moore

That's it - summer's over! There was a definite hint of autumn in the air this week - a certain crispness to the morning air, the dampness of dew underfoot and a freshening breeze.


Jane MooreThat's it - summer's over! There was a definite hint of autumn in the air this week - a certain crispness to the morning air, a dampness of dew underfoot and a freshening breeze.

Even the plants seem to know that autumn is on its way, the odd leaf on the apple trees is already showing its colours and the fruits are changing shade as they ripen. The pumpkins and butternut squashes, too, are showing a hint of colour and the sweet corn tassels have turned brown at long last, which means they should be ready for harvesting.

I've got three apple trees on my plot: Fiesta, James Grieve and Egremont Russet. Each variety ripens at a slightly different time, giving me a lovely succession of tasty, home-grown apples. All my trees came from the garden centre 'cheapie corner' as they were well past their best, but, to my trained horticultural eye, well worthy of some TLC to bring them back from the brink. The trees were kept in pots in the back garden for a year or so until my plot came up and they could be planted out. I called them my 'orchard in waiting'! It seems like such a long time ago now. The trees have flourished since they've settled in, and the whole plot has gone from strength to strength.

It's been fun sharing the ups and downs of the plot with you through this blog but, after two years, my allotment diary is drawing to a close. We've seen through a couple of seasons together and thank you for being so supportive, enthusiastic and friendly. Although I may not be writing about it anymore, be assured that my plot and I will go on.



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Gardeners' World Web User 31/08/2009 at 18:04

was given a dwarfed bramley apple tree for my birthday in May, it has 3 lovely apples on ,almost ripe but has suddenly burst into blossom again , any ideas?

Gardeners' World Web User 31/08/2009 at 19:22

one of my friends on the burney lane allotment has apple trees but it got a horrible blackspot so wat is this

Gardeners' World Web User 01/09/2009 at 05:59

Sorry to hear this is your final blog, Jane. I've really enjoyed reading about your plot - thanks for all the advice and I hope we hear from you again in the future!

Gardeners' World Web User 03/09/2009 at 12:52

Hi Jane, thanks for all your blogs about your allotment. Love from Christian x

Gardeners' World Web User 03/09/2009 at 18:50

That's a dreadful shame Jane but thanks for sharing your experiences with us and good luck in all that you do. Ian

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