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An apple a day


by Jane Moore

I love a good bargain and always like to have a quick scour through the bargain basement section of my local garden centre every time I'm there.


ApplesI love a good bargain and always like to have a quick scour through the bargain basement section of my local garden centre every time I'm there. Most of the time this perusal is fruitless - everything has completely had it or it's something I wouldn't buy in a million years anyway.

But last year my persistence paid off and I came away with a standard apple tree shoved into the car for the bargain price of a fiver! Okay my little 'Fiesta' apple was a bit battered and careworn - not least after the trip in my tiny motor - but I thought it would pick up. And it would have if I'd treated it well; planting it with plenty of organic matter and bone meal, pruning off the dead, diseased and damaged wood, and watering it in the dry summer last year. But of course I didn't. I bunged it in a big pot with a bit of soil and old compost because I didn't know where to plant it, neglected it horribly and only chucked a bucketful of water at it when it looked like it was about to pop its clogs.

I really do not deserve this apple tree because this year it flowered bravely in the spring. (I thought this was its final swansong and I can't tell you how guilty I felt - call myself a gardener!) So I still ignored it thinking it was still on its way out. But this summer's rain has revived it and on Apple Day last weekend I plucked the first apples from my battered little 'Fiesta' and beautiful they are too. Next weekend I'm going to plant it out finally. I feel this little tree has earned its place on the plot as a true survivor and that's the kind of plant I need.



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Gardeners' World Web User 09/05/2008 at 17:55

I bought 3 apple trees two years ago to plant in my new allotment that i had earlier(3months) covered in horrid weedkiller(sodium chloride). the trees were nice and healthy when I planted them but after a week or so disaster struck, all leaves turned brown, fell off and then the branches started dying, I quickly lifted them into tubs, last year they still looked dead but this year they have flowered amazingly well.

Gardeners' World Web User 28/11/2011 at 18:30

Living in my flat now for just over 6 years and having my own garden is a blessing. I already have a pond and water feature and now had the idea of a small fruit tree. As the garden is small, a small tree is needed, but i would need a bit of advice on what to buy and what i need to feed it. There's nothing better than picking your fruit off a tree that you have grown in your own garden.