Where is the time going! I’ve been keeping under the radar for a few weeks to recharge the batteries and have everything ready for the busy season ahead but we really did start the New Year at full throttle and the mild weather has meant that the gardens are all springing into life already.
As I walk through my own garden I see my snowdrops are all nodding their heads gracefully, we have daffodils and tulips planted along the lane on the lead up to the nursery and they are all ahead of schedule with the milder weather too. My garden greets me every day with the scent of my Read More
We all know how much trees can improve the look of our environment, especially in more urban areas with a wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits. Trees in urban parks have been found to improve physical and mental health, improve aesthetics and environmental quality which has got to be a good thing for all of us.
Planting large and mature trees just speeds up that process, absolutely it is easier and always cheaper to plants smaller trees and we do have lots of options from 6-7ft tall (young trees) but the beauty of a more mature tree is that it has instant appeal, it makes a statement. Depending on Read More
Fruit trees crop late in the season, from September to October , and you can store the fruit if you do it right until around Christmas to January although eating apples and pears within the first week or two fresh from the tree is always the best, crispest fruit.
Now that we are reaching the latter stages of the harvest and leaning towards the dormant period (from November to March), it’s pruning time for apples and pears – unless they are espaliers, fans or candelabras which are pruned in summer. Don’t prune the stone fruits such as plums, almonds or cherries as these are susceptible to silver leaf disease if pruned in winter.
So, Read More