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5 fruits grafted on 1tree - Your opinion & advice??

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 08:45

Interesting post. I'd also been considering one of these because we don't eat a lot of apples  (but we do eat some)  and a tree which produces several smaller crops over, perhaps, several months and produces a mix of eating and cooking varieties is quite appealing.

I must admit I had not really thought about different growth rates

I had a long chat with one of the nursery men at Crown Nurseries near Ufford last year and he suggested one of these. As they specialise in fruit trees I thought it must be worth considering.

He was, however, suggesting that they would graft a tree for me with my choice of varieties. So I could try to pick ones with similar growth rates and different fruiting times. Maybe just 3 varieties on my choice of root stock. 

Do you think that would be worth considering? 

Last edited: 29 May 2017 08:50:19

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 08:21


A sunny day but heavy rain in the wee hours so no need to do any watering today

Congratulations on the arrival of Elise BL - but I don't fancy dealing with your Christmas present list!

Glad you had a good weekend DD. Nice photos - the sort we used to stick in an album called 'Memories'. I love digital photography and being able to take hundreds of shots for no cost - but there's nothing quite leafing through an old photo album. We do print out some of the pictures we take now - but they're nearly all landscape ones for putting on the wall.

Photo bucket links often don't work for me either Obx. Don't know whether it's to do with internet speed or the devices I use but I've waited over 5 mins for pictures to appear (they often never do) and I'm afraid life's too short so I don't usually even try anymore. I just like to see the photos in front of me - lazy I is

Finishing a nice cup of tea in bed at the moment. Then I might go & potter in the garden - some of the spring stuff is about ready for the Hampton Hack - the garden is really ahead of itself this year.

Enjoy your BH Monday

Last edited: 29 May 2017 08:23:32

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 17:21

I've found they learn by osmosis Dove.

My OH can now identify a variety of ecclesiastical and architectural features and has learned how to spot potentially 'good' churches for me to visit. Often comes back from a bike ride saying "Have you been to..."

He can also identify several plants and understands some of the basics such as composting, watering etc although I have yet to persuade him to do it. He's happier cooking dinner while I do all that stuff.

Hope you're feeling a little better today. I have done little except a bit of washing (ie loaded the machine and hung out the items) and eating ice lollies.

Starting to look a bit black on the horizon...

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 21:35


I've enjoyed a lovely afternoon at Aldeburgh where the sea breeze meant it was pleasantly warm but not stifling as it would be at home. Bit of a bike ride, swift half of Adnams and fish and chips and a nice big crab for tomorrow - what's not to like?

We were supposed to be staying for the whole weekend but I really can't leave my poorly pussy cat for more than a few hours now - so I've come home and left OH over there in the camper van doing sunset and sunrise photos and planning a long bike ride for tomorrow. He'll come home Sunday morning.

Dove - sweetie - you really do need to take more water with it you know. I warned you that Norfolk Gin was good stuff! 

Any idea how long you will be out of action? Sounds painful and frustrating in equal measure. Look after yourself

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 22:45

Brilliant - simply brilliant news. Well done you!

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 22:39

Sorry to hear about your knee Dove & hope you are up and about soon (but not too soon). I know your OH will be taking good care of you so put your foot up and try to enjoy the rest. You wouldn't normally plant the runners until next week anyway.

I think we got up to 28C in the shade this afternoon & it was very humid. Hoping for a little trip to the coast tomorrow where there should be a refreshing sea breeze.

Resurrected Fourteen

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 11:33


It's 25C in the shade and 30C in the potting shed - phew.

So far I've cut the grass and washed the kitchen floor and put the ironing from yesterday away.

About to jump in the shower then go for fuel, cat meds and SM trip. I will be buying ice lolllies...

Then I am going to come home and flollolop in the shade. I may turn the hose on - ostensibly to do some watering - but more likely to water myself.

I'm another one who uses various items of old cutlery in and around the garden.

Last edited: 25 May 2017 11:34:52

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 16:44

It is warm - but it's clouded over now so I'll cut the grass in a bit.

We were allowed up to10 days uncertified sick leave per annum when I started in the civil service. In our small town office very few people took more than the odd day off for a cold or whatever.

Then a girl arrived from London and she would say things like "Oh - I've not had all my 10 days - don't want to lose them" She regarded it as an additional 2 weeks leave - as did everyone else in her previous London office. Needless to say others started copying her - she was a bl$$dy nightmare to manage. She used to pay people the benefits she thought they deserved rather than what they were entitled to...

I tried to start disciplinary proceedings against her - but this was the Civil Service in the 70's and the unions were strong and the management was weak.

LILY P - so sorry to hear about your eye - we all need to take note. Hope you make a full recovery soon - frightening.

P'Doc - forgot to wish you a Happy Birthday earlier - hope you are having a  good day

Last edited: 24 May 2017 16:45:57

Which edger?

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 12:59

I imagine a pointed one might dig into the ground a bit more easily - but I'm not sure.

All my lawn edgers have been the half-moon / semi-circular shape and I've never had any problems - except when it finds the odd half brick or large flint 

Last edited: 24 May 2017 13:00:00

Resurrected Fourteen

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 10:37

Nice to see you PP

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