Fruit Trees

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If you are contemplating planting some fruit trees on your allotment this winter then the recommended time to do this is November to March. Trees you purchase will usually be ‘bare rooted’ and for the allotment a ‘dwarf’ or ‘semi-dwarf root stock’ would be ideal so your fruit trees do not take over your allotment.

 

The latest thinking on how best to plant your new tree is to dig a hole deep enough to take the root ball with the bottom of the hole well dug and broken down. Make sure the planting hole is fairly generous in size and ‘square’ in shape – which allows the roots as they develop to break out towards the four corners. Also, do not add any manure or other fertilisers into the planting area as this inhibits the natural growth of the root system and forces the roots to go looking for its own nutrients and moisture, which in the long term will give you a healthier tree.

 

After planting the tree ‘upright’ back fill with the soil you removed and firm the ground all around with your foot, then finish off with a good surface mulch of chipped bark/wood chippings or similar to conserve moisture. Finally, it is a good idea to implant a stake offset from the tree and then to nail onto this stake some form of circular fencing material (chicken wire is ideal) sufficient to keep deer and rabbits away from the new tree trunk until it has established itself. During the first year or so it is important to ensure you keep the tree well watered in the very hot dry summer months.

 

By John Driver

Water Conservation

A reminder that all sheds, constructions and greenhouses should be fitted with guttering to collect rainwater.

You can read more about water conservation on our website.

Dates for your Diary

2022-2023

 

Meet and Greet

Sun 15 May 10 to 11 am

Your opportunity to come and meet members of the committee.

 

Platinum Jubilee Lunch

12 to 3pm

Sun 12 June 2022

 

 

Open Day

Sun 7 August 2022

(to be confirmed)

 

Christmas Drinks

Sun 18 December (to be confirmed)

 

AGM

January 2023 (date still to be fixed)

 

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