Monthly Archives: May 2013

Callusing temperatures of Fruit and Nut trees

Many people ask me what are optimum callusing temperatures to ensure a good percentage of viable grafts. Nectarines/Peaches – 18-26 deg C Apricots/Cherries – 20 deg C Plums – 16 deg C Apples/Pears – 13-18 deg C Walnuts – 27 … Continue reading

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Lovely looking Apple Blossom

Really lovely looking Apple Blossom, however looks can be deceptive. As this tree is a crab apple producing smallish acid tasting crab apples. This variety is known as Maypole – crab apple Ballerina tree. It is truly vertical spindle, and … Continue reading

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Field covered in Lady’s Smock flowers

The whole field is covered in Lady’s Smock flower, a beautiful but delicate pink. A vivid contrast to the brash yellow of the Dandelion flowers that also seem to be in abundance this year (2013).

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2013 Grafted Tree Plantings

Just a quick photo of some of this years 2013 grafted tree plantings. If the weather conditions etc are right then they should attain 90cms in height by the end of the season. Some of the varieties are however quite … Continue reading

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Asian Pear

Asian pear varieties: As for Asian pears, there are more than 100 varieties ranging in size from very large to very small. These brown to yellow-green pears which are generally round in shape originated in Japan and China and are … Continue reading

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Peach

There are more than 2,000 varieties of peaches. That’s a lot to choose from. There is no better way to pick a peach (and spend a day) than taste testing peaches at your local farm market. There is a favorite … Continue reading

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Donut Peach

A peach that is juicy and sweet—many say the best tasting of all peaches—and creamy with a pit that does not cling wrapped in a nearly fuzzless skin: I want that peach! That is the almost ancient Chinese pan tao … Continue reading

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Nectarines

Nectarines come to harvest in spring and continue through summer. If you get to know your nectarines and choose from early, midseason, and late harvest varieties, you can have fresh, local nectarines at your table for nearly half the year. … Continue reading

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How to Improve Clay Soil

Clay soils are too wet or too dry, slow to drain, slow to warm in the spring, and slow to release nutrients to plant roots. The best way to improve clay soil is to add several inches of organic matter … Continue reading

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Blueberry

Blueberries on cereal. Blueberries with cream and sugar. Blueberries on vanilla ice cream. A handful of blueberries. Try this: Place fresh, chilled blueberries in a merinque shell and top with whipped cream. Blueberry season in the north stretches from early … Continue reading

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