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training fruit trees

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:50

Catnip, just re read your post.

Can you select 2 branches similarl height and tie horizontal wires?  You need to have a shoot above those 2 for the leading stem.  Or can you keep 3 branches to provide a vertical and horizontal branches and cut out the rest.? 

training fruit trees

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:47

Good to have a picture catnip.

I have trained pears, apples and gooseberries.  Currently cordon and espalier from maiden trees.

You need to have 3 buds/ to grow as the leader and 2 to provide width for an espalier.  You let them grow semi vertically and gradually pull down to horizontal wires.  The following Year is for another tier of horizontal branches and continuing the leader.  You can add tiers every year but 3 to 5 is about right.  

Cordons are easy too.  Plant at 45  degrees 60 to 90 cm apart on a wall or fence.  

Pruning......apples must spur bearing varieties. (need 3 different vsrieties to pollinate) simply to cut back to,short spurs at this time of year. 

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:38

Fascinating stuff here 


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:34

Dove, I used to alternate "chillin" days with busy off somewhere days.  The chillin days were often the very best. Off the cuff,,unplanned ......

In for a good day by the looks oI it ...nice and sunny and still.

Hmm! Agapanthus gone or going over!  Outside the kitchen window it's all a mixture now of purples, oranges, yellows, and reds. Just the way this time of year is for week or so.  Whites emerging.  Grasses  and dark foliage though so I think it's ok 

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:15

I'm in Hester's camp.

Small is not necessarily sweet. Carrots are not the sweetest for me untiltil they are 3" long....not the tiny thinnings that are supposed to be so good.  Lettuce too.....mine frow quickly.  Beetroot as well. Runner beans are best when 6 or 7" long.....not when smaller and not those huge things that have been missed when picking.

I once grew what I  jokingly called " crowbar" carrots.  Holes made with a crowbar and filled with fine sieved soil and composf and fish blood and bone.  2 seeds per hole. One seedling removed.  Carrots were whoppers and.......delicious.  (I must do this again )

However, Hester, I do like "sweet" but sweet and full size.  

I'm not convinced by the rapid obsession for raised beds the experts are pushing now. Yes, if soil is heavy clay, etc.., then raised beds are necessary but in most soils raised beds are not needed.  Often soil and compost are imported, the beds dry out too quickly, and growth is often forced.  Better to improve the garden soil

Astrantia Addict

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 20:23

I think shaggy is an old,variety. Want,this one too,

I'm going to cut out another border this autumn for astilbes, astrantias,,acteas and mix some more grasses there too.

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 20:19

Yes fishy nice that.

 This is,turning into a must read thread 

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 19:03

Your poems paint a very vivid picture fishy.  Can almost sense actually being there .............

Is it too much to ask fishy to post more during this anniversary year? 

Japanese Anenomes

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 18:48

Ah!  That's interesting Forester.  

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 18:46

Lovely fishy.  You have a real talent there. Another ?  

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