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Is your plum tree looking a bit tatty ?

I have a few small plum trees that look extremely tatty. Is was not until I unwound the rabbit spirals I found the problem. Can you spot the culprit in the below photo Here it is, or I should say … Continue reading

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Creating an Apple Family Tree, a word of caution

Creating a family tree is so very tempting, especially if you have limited space. I have been doing a batch of cleft grafts using P22 as the apple rootstock. But a word of caution. You must select the varieties with … Continue reading

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How deep should I plant a grafted tree ?

It is surprising, but I get asked this question quite a lot. I think I can understand why, when you see on the TV the gardening presenters making a song and a dance about that you should plant to where … Continue reading

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potted Apple trees just put up for sale on Ebay

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Unusual red coloured apple tree wood – Merylinn

Its not very often you come across something you have never seen before. But whilst doing some apple tree grafting this year, I thought I had come across some diseased wood, as it was red stained. In looking into the … Continue reading

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Tips on making a Family Fruit Tree

There are  a number of ways, hopefully as described below. The 1st method is if the rootstock is approx twice the dia of the scion, and you can then use the ‘cleft graft’ as per fig 2 in http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/grafting.html. You … Continue reading

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The Mice are hungry round here – Watch Out

I have an apple tree thats been trying to grow for over 3 years. Now OK its on M27 a very dwarfing rootstock, so it might take a bit longer to get going. Yes it was bare rooted, so there … Continue reading

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New book published ‘The Fruit Tree Handbook’ By Ben Pike

Its not very often that I recommend a new book. But ‘The Fruit Tree Handbook‘ By Ben  Pike has just been published by GreenBooks. Its for the amateur and expert, covering Apples, pears, plums, cherries, apricots, peaches , nectarines, mulberries, medlars … Continue reading

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Jubilee versus Victoria Plum

Many people ask the question about Victoria plums being the best. Well there other contenders. Take the photo below, Jubilee plum on the left and Victoria on the right. The photo was taken on 8th August 2011, and it shows … Continue reading

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Homemade Cherry Pie – Ohhhh

In my travels, I came across a local cherry tree that is well over 30 ft tall. Every year it has masses of 1cm diameter fruit on, but normally the blackbirds strip every single one. But for some reason this … Continue reading

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