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Hi Alan - this http://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/articles/fruit-tree-spacing-guide is a helpful guide to planting distances
No, don't let the grass grow up to the trunk - I'd leave a circle a yard in diameter around them to mulch and feed (don't let mulch touch the bark).
Tell Kate she's doing a grand job and make her a
when she's finished
Good free-draining sandy loam like wot we have here! Apparently this area used to be cherry and plum orchards before it was built on - there's lots of Mirabelle-type fruits in the hedgerows come early autumn.
Oooh, if I'm not driving mine's a pint of Adnams! OH will have Broadside!
Look what I saw the other day when visiting my Aged Ps
OH wants to come with me next time!!!!!!!!!!!!
I should think half a gallon per tree is about right given the weather we're having - it's when the buds begin to swell that they might need more if we get a dry spring - I mean, how much more rain can there be up there?