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Update for the fruit garden – April

Apple blossom

Apple blossom, photo courtesy of Tambako The Jaguar/flickr.com

1) Check if the flowering fruit trees are well served by pollinators, which need to be in flower at the same time. If this is not the case, hang a water bottle in the flowering branches of the same species but of a different variety, to ensure cross fertilization and good fruit set.
2) Keep 1 square metre totally clear of all weeds and grass around the trunks of the trees.
3) On light sandy soils start watering the trees on a weekly basis.
4) Check that tree ties are not too tight.
5) Deal with fungal wood diseases such as canker, collar rot, bootlace fungus
6) Cut out dead branches and paint the wounds with a sealing compound
7) Mow the grass at a higher setting to start off with
8) Do not let damaging insects get out of control. Keep on the lookout for various types of aphids
9) Cover spring frost sensitive trees with garden fleece
10) Look at your trees at weekly intervals in order to detect possible damage by mice, muntjacks, deer, rabbit and hare.

Wasps, flies and over-ripe fruit

At this time of the year, wasps and flies can be a great problem with plums and cherries and later on with apples and pears. These insects are particularly interested when fruits are becoming OVER-RIPE.

Therefore do not delay in picking the fruits when ripe. Secondly, make sure local wasps’ nests are dealt with. Wasp traps are only partially effective. Clearing the nests in the vicinity is the best solution.

Photo courtesy of Ervins Strauhmanis/flickr.com

Photo courtesy of Ervins Strauhmanis/flickr.com

November fruit growing tips – growing diary

20131027-064452.jpgIt is a good idea to keep a fruit diary, in which you can record the cropping and flowering record of the different trees. If trees did not crop well, they were probably short of water, food or light. Otherwise, the problem may be connected to cross-fertilization or pollination. If you noticed some dead wood in your trees during the season, check now for canker, or for waterlogged soil. Canker has to be cut out: waterlogged soil has to be improved by means of effective drainage.

November fruit growing tips – tree maintenance

Canker on Golden Delicious, courtesy of Alan Biggs/flickr.com

Canker on Golden Delicious, courtesy of Alan Biggs/flickr.com

Cut out any tree cankers and paint the wounds with Arbrex or “Heal and Seal.” Replace broken stakes, and renew broken tree ties.

October fruit tree tips – tree ties

A plastic tie on a stepover tree

A plastic tie on a stepover tree

Now the leaves are beginning to drop, this is a good time to carry out a detailed inspection of each fruit tree. Over the next few days we will be providing a few tips on possible problems and how to deal with them.

Our first tip is about tree ties. Check that they are not too tight. Adjust or renew.

Fruit trees – installing a barrier to potentially destructive insects

The next two weeks is a good time to put grease bands onto your fruit trees. They prevent caterpillars from climbing from the soil, up the trunk and stake, and into the tree. If they reach the tree, next spring they will start eating the foliage and fruitlets. Click here to read more about grease bands. And if you’re thinking about ordering some new trees for your garden, quality trees, and the necessary advice, are just a click away at realenglshfruit.co.uk

A wild flower meadow

A bumble bee in a wild flower meadow

A bumble bee in a wild flower meadow

In this video, Dan and Henrietta Neuteboom describe the benefits of a wild flower meadow for fruit trees or an orchard.  Wild flowers attract a large number of insects for many months of the year, above all bees, which ensure good pollination. And a wild flower meadow is very beautiful in itself. Click on the icon below to watch the video.

Click here to read more about wild flower meadows and fruit growing.