Friday, April 3

Just beeing

Can you pollinate too much? - I hope not as each day I have trotted up to the greenhouse to play at being a bee.
On occasion I have spotted the odd bumble bee that I have been tempted to kidnap and transport to the greenhouse but I have resisted.
Now as petals fade and fall my paintbrush is redundant.



The first of our fruit trees to flower was the apricot. Last year it was loaded with flowers but had only a handful this year so pollinating duties started gently. All the petals have dropped so now I am scrutinising the remains if the flowers on the lookout for a tell-tale swelling that may indicate that fruit is forming. What do you think?
The nectarine was the star when it came too flowering and also had the prettiest flowers.
Pollination duties switched up a gear. All the flowers were on the bottom half of the tree leading me to wonder whether the top part has died. The scratch test was inconclusive so it will be a case of wait and see.
The peach was last to flower and had more blossom than the apricot but less than the nectarine.
I have scraped away the top layer if mossy compost so now the pots need a top up of fresh compost and them we need to start a feeding regime to give us an optimum chance of some fruit. Apparently our choices are an application of slow release fertiliser or a fortnightly feed of tomato food. Can anyone recommend which is best?

Another fruit in our greenhouse that will not need my services as a pollinator is the fig.
The tiny fruits are just beginning to form.

Stop Press
My computer has just gone with a big bang and I don't think I backed up my last lots of photos!!!***


Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett

30 comments:

  1. I have been using the soft paintbrush for a different purpose - brushing aphids off my little chilli plants.
    I hope the problem with your computer is not serious!

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    1. I'm afraid it's terminal, Mark. No pun intended!

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  2. I've been doing the same thing with my little peach tree, I hope our efforts aren't in vain. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you manage to find your photos and that the computer isn't beyond repair.

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    1. If it doesn't work, Jo it's not from lack of effort. I did everything that I could think a bee would do except for buzzThe computer is dead. I just hope my backups work and I can retrieve my photographs.

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  3. Oh what a glorious thing to be......:)
    I hope your efforts prove fruitful Sue - excuse the pun!

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    1. I don't care how many puns you use, Angie as long as I get some fruit I will be happy. See the reply to Mark, you are not the only one to use puns.

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  4. I hope your pollination efforts are successful...I've never pollinated fruit before, but my squash blossoms have often seen the business end of a paintbrush. Crossing my fingers that you are able to recover those photos...These days, I think that most everyone has been in your shoes at one point or another.

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    1. So do I Margaret. My backup retrieved all my photos up to the end of March and I still have some April photos in my camera that I hadn't cleared so not too bad.

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  5. I hope all your pollinating pays off. I occasionally do that with my zucchini early in the season. But I've never done it with my fruit trees. Of course they aren't indoors.

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    1. So do I Daphne but I am in for a long wait.Well it will seem a long wait.

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  6. The apricots look very hopeful!

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    1. It dies sweffling but it is early days. Last year the set fruits fell off at a later stage.

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  7. Lovely photos of your garden !!
    Happy Easter to you and your family !!

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  8. Sorry about the computer, that's not good at all. I hope the photos can be saved. I've been brushing the peach tree, in between rain, it's hard to know if I'm doing enough. Only time will tell. Already the boys have broken off a small branch. Sigh. It has a very hard life.

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    1. As I mentioned above most are safe but I've lost lots of my contacts soanyone out there that I should have an email address for can you mail me so I can return you to my contacts,

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  9. I have pollinated cucumbers last spring and am not sure this was successful, Sue.
    Hope your job will give you more fruit.

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    1. Any fruit at all and I will be happy Nadezda

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  10. My computer genius offspring says anything can be recovered from a computer gone wrong (unless it has been professionally wiped) - unfortunately you just need to know how to do it ...!

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    1. I've done reasonably well retrieving things Sand D. The main problem is loss of contacts and mail. A lesson to regularly backup the pst file. I guess that this could be retrieved from the hard disk but I am really suspicious of giving anyone access to the stuff stored on it Maybe over cautious but it's just my mindset,

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    2. You can remove your hard disk from inside your computer if it is a tower type (because they have plug-in units inside) and temporarily place it in a compatible computer to recover the data. I'm with you on letting anyone else access it if you've got a sealed laptop etc.

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    3. Thanks for this - a plot neighbour was explaining this yesterday and is hopefully going to lend me a lead to do just that,

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  11. I could send you a few bees in a box to help pollinate if you like Sue...lol....hope the pollination works well!!

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  12. Oh....I do hope you sort the computer!!!
    The young fruits look wonderful so you have obviously done a grand job being a bee!!! I',m hoping I don't get leaf curl on my peach tree this year, last year I had tons of disfigured fruit. I must check my fig tomorrow to see if it is forming fruit, it's outdoors so may be behind yours.xxx

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    1. I do hope that we get at least a couple of fruits Dina

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  13. Oh dear - big bangs and computers do not usually go well together !
    Impressed by your bee duties Sue, and I hope it pays dividends! How do you prevent leaf curl ? We have a n Apricot and it starts the season off so well, every year, then degenerates into a sad specimen very quickly. Last year we kept it longer in the greenhouse before moving it out and that seemed to be successful, but I don't know if that was a one off.

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    1. A spraying regime using Bordeaux Mix is supposed to help, Jane but didn't work for us, The other advice is to keep the trees covered from early winter to mid May. We are going to leave ours in the greenhouse and see what happens.

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  14. That's lovely flowers from fruiting trees! You must be a very good bee! :)

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    1. I hope that I did a good job Malar.

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