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Three Autumn Orchard Tips

By Adam

1. Plan ahead for Fruit Storage - Pick the best fruit ahead of ripening for storage. Apples and Pears continue ripening in store, so pick them slightly under-ripe, so that they will be at their peak after a few months of storage. Our top five varieties for storage to store are; Ashmeads Kernel, Claygate Pearmain, Pinnova, Bra ...

12/10/2016

The New Field

By Adam

Last year we purchased a new fifteen acre field, to extend our production area. With a deep black loamy soil, it is the perfect ground for growing fruit trees. As you can see, our trees have grown very well this summer, with excellent results! We are thrilled with the quality of the trees we have grown for sale this season. ...

15/09/2016

Making Apple Juice

By Adam

Drinking the Fruits of Your Labour Drinking fruit juice is the easiest way for our bodies to digest all of the naturally occurring enzymes, vitamins and minerals that are present in fruit. In its liquid form the body doesn’t have to expend energy ‘working’ to extract the goodness, it takes it all up straight in to the blood ...

23/08/2016

What are these spots on my apples?

By Adam

It is generally a pretty poor result for apple yields this year. With the unrelenting rain that occurred over late spring/summer, our insect friends were denied much opportunity to pollinate the flowers. But whilst it might not be a good year for fruit, it has been a good year for scab! Scab is an air-borne, fungal disease that ...

23/08/2016

Easy Apple Gallette - French Apple Tarte

Credit for this very easy and quick recipe goes to our friend Sian. This will work well with apples or pears.The best apples to use are Belle de Boskoop [ used throughout France for apple tarte] but any firm aromatic variety will work well.[Suntan,Ribston Pippin,Cox,King of the Pippins etc.] Pears,if used want to be a touch u ...

23/08/2016

An Apple Affair -Trained Fruit at West Dean Sussex

By Adam

One of the best places to see what can be achieved by training fruit are The Gardens of West Dean College near Chichester in Sussex www.westdean.org.uk.The gardens feature two restored kitchen gardens of the late Victorian period;the restoration is largely the work to Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain it has been beautifully done to t ...

23/08/2016

Katie gets a new Bike on the nursery

By Adam

In order to get our apple trees to grow straight they all require tying in to a cane. We grow many thousands of fruit trees each year so this can mean a lot of bending; but we think we have the answer..... All the trees this year should be nice and straight thanks to Katie and her bike. ...

23/08/2016

Recognising and treating Canker on Apple trees

By Adam

[Fungal Canker is a common problem on apple and pears] especially in the wetter west of the U.K. It will infect young twigs in the Spring and cross infect to older wood, it can infect the trunk and rarely it will kill a tree. On the positive side older trees badly infected will often fruit well, as the tree is put under press ...

23/08/2016