I'm so excited! Our new William's Bon Chrétien pear tree has baby pears, aren't they amazing? You can really see the shape formation already. I adore pears and cannot wait to sample our very own home-grown ones which should be ready to pick by September, ripening a week or so later. It's self fertile but pollination by another pear will maximise yield, the … Continue reading Our Very First Baby Pears
This weekend we added 2 new trees to our mini orchard. We now have 3 different varieties of apple - Scrumptious, Bramley's Seedling and Cox Orange Pippin, a Marjorie's Seedling plum and a Williams' Bon Chretien pear. Our Scrumptious and Cox produced good-sized fruit last season but the plum skipped fruiting altogether. However, it is now smothered in … Continue reading A Weekend of Planting Fruit Trees
All our fruit and vegetable harvests have been pretty scrumptious to be honest, but this post is mainly about our Scrumptious apple harvest. This year was the first year of fruiting for our young Scrumptious tree and I'm very pleased with the quality and taste of the fruit. In all we managed to harvest 15 good size apples after a great … Continue reading Scrumptious Harvest
Don't turn your back on freshly dug earth...... It could turn into this nightmare...... We took our eye off the ball with the remainder of the plot and look....... a jungle! Drowning in a sea of bindweed and other annoying weeds, our orchard area was looking bad, very bad indeed. Fear not, the weeds have … Continue reading The Plot Thickens – Bring on the Digger!
Our young apple Scrumptious tree produced more young fruit than we expected it to. This variety of apple are quite large and with the tree being very young, we felt the tree would benefit from being a little less top heavy. To be honest, we assume the tree felt the same way as removing some … Continue reading Thinning Apple Scrumptious
Not a nice surprise at that. On attempting to get our mini orchard off to a flying start by planting some of the fruit trees recently purchased, (including our rather lovely Scrumptious apple) we hit something hard with our spades, lurking just below the lawn. "Oh, it's just a large stone" I said in hope. Surely … Continue reading An Underground Surprise