Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Fruit detectives

Ginger Jar with Peaches, Apricots and Tapestry by Loran Speck
Ginger Jar with Peaches, Apricots and Tapestry

The plan for an edible garden includes fruits and soft fruits. We spent an agreeable wet Sunday afternoon checking the garden and finding some interesting neglected and overgrown trees. Amongst them were :

We brought the peach tree grown in a pot as well as red and blackcurrant bushes, some strawberries in pots and some alpine strawberries. The wish list includes a patch of rhubarb and raspberries. Amazingly, many are already in the garden, growing against the walls. If space permits, a thorn less blackberry would be welcome.

On closer inspection we also found a vine, which will need cutting and pruning and may give us grapes if so inclined.

I am easily pleased......the fruit garden seems sorted, needs pruning, feeding and training, some additions which can probably be received in cuttings from others.

The work plan also includes cutting back a holly, a large conifer and nameless bushes to give more light and space.

The only downside is that we are not able to take anything out of the garden without going through the shop. We are not allowed a bonfire in the garden. The only options are shredding and composting. I am looking at borrowing a shredder from someone but would like to invest in a shredder that is not too noisy if anything like that exists.


Anonymous said...

The easiest compost bin I have made is from a roll of plastic coated fencing wire. Cut a length make a circle with it and join the side together - quick to make, cheap, lightweight - make 2 and empty the first into the second eventually.It is so great
you found all those fruit trees

Willow said...

Lucky you to have so many kinds of fruits right in your back garden.

Mark said...

Hi Anne,
If you ever get the opportunity to take cuttings from your fruit trees I know someone who would find a use for them...me.
I would like to add some to the garden at work, I will have to clear an area first but that is one of my projects for this year.

Cheers Mark