Last weekend, when the rain stopped for about 42.5 minutes, we all trundled out in to the garden to get some of my fruit trees in to the ground. They had been in large pots and trugs for almost a month and if they were to have any chance at all of making it then we needed to get them in to the ground. The spot Robert and I chose for the trees was down towards the bottom of the garden. An unassuming space but one with a great deal of potential.
I see a path, outdoor lights and two eating areas that, although will take a while to take shape, will be worth it in the end. I’m sure of that.
I also have to confess to a rather romantic feeling towards orchards, even orchards of only four trees as this one is. But we’ll have to wait a while until we are able to picnic in the shade of the Cherry tree as it is currently quite small.
We had four trees to get in to the ground. A Cherry, an Apple, a Pear and a Plum. I shall go in to much more detail on each of the trees another time as each one has specific needs if you are to get the best performance from them but today I’ll show you how we manged to get them in to the ground in between torrential rain and the kids jumping in to the holes we had dug for the trees.
Oh, and in between the kids jumping in to the wheelbarrow and insisting on a ride, obvs!
My Victoria Plum had manged to pick up a passenger in the form of a sucker which we think was Damson and coming from the rootstock it was grafted on to. It was removed rather swiftly with secateurs so as not to cause any damage.
Truly and Daisy were breaking in the swings that had been left behind by the previous owners. I have to say these swings rock and I felt almost travel sick having been on them for a nano second myself.
t a certain point the wheelbarrow was given over wholly to the transportation of children.
But it was worth it. I’d rather lug those trees around by hand and brute force than miss the opportunity to see the kids having a great time with their Dad.
Once the trees had been brought down from the terrace up at the top of the garden we played about with the positioning of them. Leaving the tallest at the back, making sure they will have enough room to grow and thrive as well as enough sunlight and moisture. This is an experiment to a certain extent and there are some other trees towards the far edge of the garden that may need to be cut back a bit. But we’ll keep a close eye on it.
I’ve moaned non-stop about the rain but I have to admit it made the ground almost silky soft and digging the holes for the trees was tremendously easy.
It also felt very good to be outside and getting on with something so physical. It’s what Spring and Summer in the garden is all about surely!
Well that and drinking Pimms under the gazebo but that’s for just before lunch and just after supper.
This was the afternoon so we dug up the ground.
Robert had some help from my sister’s twins.
And then our twins jumped in to check that he had dug his hole correctly. They are quite exacting, the four of them.
By the end of the day the trees were in the ground. They are not varieties that will grow very tall and the Victoria Plum at the front is more of a shrub. But I’m excited to see how they do.
Can you see the small square pond to the right of the picture? This is going to go as it serves no real purpose there and Ned has already tried to walk on water. Luckily there was a wire grid over the top but if we’re going to have a pond I want to have a proper one. A safe one and one that we can all enjoy. This isn’t that.
I’ll keep you updated on the progress of our orchard of four trees. I’ll also break down the planting and care of the trees included. I’ve gone for a classic orchard selection that will keep us in crumbles, jam and jellies for many years to come.
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