Monday, March 22

A fruitful week

This has been a very fruitful week in more ways than one. Much of our attention has focused on preparing the ground and planting fruit trees and bushes.

Seed potatoes laid out in the garden greenhouse are just beginning to sprout under their cosy fleece blanket. Beds have been rotavated and prepared for planting them next month. In the garden greenhouse Maris Bard seed potatoes have been planted in bags and a trough of Early Nantes carrots sown. These should hopefully give us some early crops.

Although we are still holding off planting most seeds until next month, broad beans – Witkiem Manita - have been sown in pots. Being hardy these should tolerate any cold periods.

For more photos and this weeks update to my March diary click here

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  1. I'm interested in knowing what fruit trees you have planted...I am thinking of getting some so I'm open to ides.

  2. Hi Tanya,
    If you follow the link in the post to the full March diary on my website I've named the varieties.

    Except for the cuttings as some of the bushes they were taken from hadn't a name!! I think one of the gooseberries is Pax a red variety.

    We also have a few apple trees - some unknown and others are varieties Fiesta, Bramley and Queen Cox but these haven't really fruited yet so I can't say how they fare.

    We also have some plum and gage trees - gages are lovely even though they stay green and look unripe. We also have rhubarb, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrant, blueberries, jostaberry, cranberries, strawberries and alpine strawberries. I think that's all.

    If you go to the growIt section of the website it has some info about the alpines.

    Let me know if you want to know about anything particular.

  3. I really love planting fruit trees. They may take a while, but in the end it is worth the wait. I am also in the process of setting up a few new gardens. I cannot wait to see them in a few months.

  4. There's still lots to be getting on with even if no planting out is being done yet. I've started on the preparation work too. I look forward to seeing how your fruit trees do for you.

  5. OPG - You need patience when gardening don't you?
    Hi Jo - Fingers crossed - it will be interesting to see how the 'cuttings' perform!


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