The prospect of peaches

I do tend to waffle on about peaches rather a lot, but, although they are something of a labour, a perfectly ripe peach has to be one of the most delicious of fruits. A few weeks ago I was busy hand pollinating the peach blossom – see previous post tickling the peaches. On a good… Continue reading The prospect of peaches

Disbudding the peach bush

In our polytunnel we have a small peach tree, a Pêche de Vigne, which I planted in a very large container sunk into the main bed to keep the roots from spreading into the other growing areas. The tree will, if the hand pollination was successful, bear for the first time this year. Last year… Continue reading Disbudding the peach bush

Seed list 2014 – part 6 – odds and ends

This final article in the series looking at our sowing plans for 2014 covers those odds and ends that did not fit well in any of the previous parts. Included here are the tubers – potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes. At some point I would like to experiment with other tubers, such as oca, but I… Continue reading Seed list 2014 – part 6 – odds and ends

The weather finally allows the main crop onions to be planted

One of the first things we plant outdoors is the main crop onions, shallots, and garlic. We overwinter a crop in the polytunnel, which will be ready several weeks before the outdoor sowing. We found that those overwintered outdoors did not perform quite so well. Whilst they can stand the cold, the damp is problematic.… Continue reading The weather finally allows the main crop onions to be planted

Cordon training of plums

Apples and pears are ideal candidates for cordon training. Oblique cordons were commonly planted along the walls of the traditional walled kitchen garden. Stone fruits, including plums, are more likely to be grown as fans. There exists, amongst some contemporary authors, the notion that stone fruits are not suited for cordon training and will bear… Continue reading Cordon training of plums

Seed list 2014 – part 5 – cucurbits

The fifth article in the series looking at our sowing plans for the coming season covers the cucurbits – cucumbers, melons, summer and winter squash. Whilst melons are a somewhat marginal proposition, we have a great harvest of cucumbers and summer squash, both of which are prolific. We also reserve one of our large borders… Continue reading Seed list 2014 – part 5 – cucurbits

Quince Claire

It is entirely reasonable to name one’s chickens, entirely infeasible to name one’s bees, and entirely silly to name one’s trees. Nonetheless, today we planted a quince tree in the orchard site and named it. We have eighteen fruit trees ready for planting out, but a shortage of hard labour needed to remove turf and… Continue reading Quince Claire