Now that we are into the new year Spring seems just around the corner. Some days the weather can be such that all you want to do is stay indoors – thats fine – you can use this time to read through the seed catalogues and decide what you are going to grow for the new season. As well as this you can also map out your garden and decide …Read More
February may seem like a strange time to be thinking about growing fruit, but it’s actually the ideal moment to get going if you fancy a summer full of luscious juicy berries.
There are lots of reasons to grow your own fruit. First and foremost (for me, anyway) it’s about taste. Nothing, repeat, nothing prepares you for the first home-grown strawberry you taste, properly ripe and still warm from the sun. …Read More
Bushes and half-standards require as little pruning as possible. Do this in April to avoid infection by silver leaf disease. Cut out dead, diseased, badly placed and crossing branches completely, the more you cut back, the more unproductive regrowth will follow.
Dwarf pyramids and fans are trained in a similar way to apples and pears but you should delay the winter pruning until April. Pinch back shoots which are not needed …Read More
The nice thing about apples, pears, plums, cherries and the like is that not only do they fulfil a useful function but they look decorative, too. However, before you rush out and buy one for the centre of your lawn, there are a few things to bear in mind.
Size. Top fruit grown on its own roots has a very vigorous habit in general, and so those trees you buy are …Read More