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Fruit and Nut growing experiences (trials and tribulations)

Amelanchier alnifolia or Serviceberry or Juneberry ‘Smoky’

I have never tasted an Amelanchier alnifolia or Serviceberry or Juneberry. This variety called ‘Smoky’ produces lots of fruit, about the size of a large blackcurrant. These were ripe on 23rd June 2019 and considering the time of year when … Continue reading

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Flat Donut Peach – All the rage for children to eat

The flat Donut Peach, is all the rage for children to eat. Relatively small size, and easy for children to handle. Sometimes they are called UFO or Saturn peaches. I think UFO is a trade name. They are no more … Continue reading

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Peach – Bonanza (dwarf patio)

This is one of the first peaches that has ripened, that we grow in the greenhouse in pots. Then when all fear of frost has gone, they are put outside. These are supposed to be more of a peachy pink … Continue reading

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Almond and Cherry 2019 crop destroyed. Different reasons

Ok I do not grow huge numbers of Almond and Cherry trees, in comparison to a fruit farmer. But I was looking forward to a taste. The Almonds were no where near ready, with another 3 to 4 months to … Continue reading

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2019 DNA Testing – Fruit Tree Leaves sent off today.

Coming to the end of June is the last time for sending in fruit tree leaf samples for DNA Analysis. These were sent to East Malling Research Establishment via Fruitid. I have sent 8 leaves of the following, and hopefully … Continue reading

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Sticky Gum exuding from Plum tree – Gummosis

I am asked a number of times, as to what the sticky gum is exuding from plum trees. Most often it is called ‘Gummosis’. This can brought on by stresses to a tree. In our orchard this only occurs with … Continue reading

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Sweet Chestnut (Castanea) Gall Wasp – Take Note

I am highlighting the problem of the Sweet Chestnut (Castanea) Gall Wasp or “Dryocosmus kuriphilus”. This pest has had, I believe a few occurances in the UK. But it was detected for the first time in Spain in 2012, the … Continue reading

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Peach – Viktors a very sweet and very juicy crop for 2018

Peach – Viktors a very sweet and very juicy crop for 2018 A most promising variety that was registered in Latvia in 2004. Fruits are medium, round, yellow with red skin, and white flesh. Juicy, very tasty. Harvest – July … Continue reading

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A few more showey photos of Peach Blossom 24th March 2019

This first photo today is called ‘Velvet’ of Canadian origin. It is an early variety, harvesting fruit in July. Resistant to frost with fruit medium sized, pale yellow, rose red cover. They are juicy, sweet, with flesh semi clinging/free to … Continue reading

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A White Cloud of ‘Aprisali’ Apricot Blossom 24th March 2019

Well not quite true as Aprisali is in fact an Apricot Plum cross. Quite a new self fertile variety that is hardy and thus suitable for colder regions. The skin colour is almost jet black, with a red juicey sweet … Continue reading

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