Stone me!

by Pippa Greenwood

This is THE year for fruit as far as I'm concerned...The trees barely fruited last year, but this year it's been heavenly.

ApplesStone me! This is THE year for fruit as far as I'm concerned. About five years ago we started our own mini-orchard with some great bare root fruit trees from a local fruit nursery. Then we added to them over the next year or two. Despite the fact that each was fitted with a spiral tree guard to fend off the rabbits, our bunnies are super-cunning and soon realised that if you put your front feet on the top of a plastic spiral it obligingly squashes down to reveal tasty succulent bark beneath. Some trees eventually had to have three fitted to keep them off (is it just me??). Then, serious deer damage followed.

CDsThe trees barely fruited last year, but this year it's been heavenly. It's a good year for stone fruits and, although there are still some like the Victoria plums to come, we've feasted constantly - and we're still looking forward to acres of apple tart and mountains of apple-filled pancakes, as well as, of course, enjoying it all straight from the tree. Weather apart, I have a feeling that all the 21st century junk mail, in the form of numerous CDs and DVDs, have finally come into their own, put to good use as they dangle elegantly from the branches to ward off unwanted attention!

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Gardeners' World Web User 20/08/2007 at 21:03

Had my allotment for 12 years lovely fresh veg all year round. Best thing I ever did.

Gardeners' World Web User 01/09/2007 at 14:20

How do I know when my apples are ripe? We planted a 3 in one tree and are pleased with the large quantity of fruit but have no idea when they are suposed to be ready. Thankyou

Gardeners' World Web User 06/09/2007 at 13:28

The best way to tell if an apple is ready to harvest is to gently cup a fruit in your hand and then give the stalk a couple of twists as you turn the fruit - if it comes away its ready, if not...its not. And I have to admit that I often try the taste test too as I rather enjoy apples that are just a little bit un-ripe as far as the official opinion goes!

Gardeners' World Web User 24/09/2007 at 12:30

I have a small patio and decking area and would like to grow fruit trees, perhaps apples and pears, in pots. Do I look for miniature or dwarf plnats?

Gardeners' World Web User 29/09/2007 at 11:12

Could you please tell me if you could grow malus domestica winter gem apples in a pot or any other kind of tree plants?

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