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. While I was there I thought I may as well do a couple of jobs, so I set about thinning out the fruit on the apple trees. This year my three apple trees have flowered and set fruit beautifully; the branches are laden with bunches of marble-sized fruits
'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
into the ground and standing only about 30-45cm (12-18in) tall. This gives the tree a chance to build up its own strength as it flexes in the wind but keeps those roots safe and secure. Perhaps the trees won't then grow as ramrod-straight as they would with a
on the apple trees is already showing its colours and the fruits are changing shade as they ripen. The pumpkins and butternut squashes, too, are showing a hint of colour and the sweet corn tassels have turned brown at long last, which means they should
leaves from the little apple trees to add, as well as some spent bedding plants from pots at home.The formula is right, now I'll just have to wait a few months for the results!