This is the time in the year to prune stone fruit trees such as plum and cherry. They have had their growth spurt, and doing it now avoids any possibility of silver leaf disease. So this morning it was out with the secateurs and
my old plastic chair, so that I could reduce the two large trees -one plum and one cherry- back to a decent shape, instead of having long branches waving in the wind.
I also summer-pruned the apple trees on #146, including the Braeburn that has never
had so much as a single flower. Having taken and followed advice, and just let it be, it is rapidly growing into a nuisance that stops us walking around the plot, so this morning it had a pretty drastic prune. There were however what looked like
the beginnings of fruiting buds on last year's wood, so who knows? Maybe next Spring will be the time it actually produces some blossom!
The apples were all thinned out too, now that the June drop is over, in the hope that we get fewer, larger
fruit. It's a good plan anyway! Needless to say, there is no fruit on either the plum or cherry tree. We keep them because they look good and give a bit of height to the plot, and it would be too difficult to remove them now really, even if we wanted
to, so we might as well enjoy them for what they are.
While I was balanced on a plastic chair, wielding my secateurs, Abi was strimming away on #145, which looks all the better for his hard work. You can see the vegetables clearly again for a start.
We are rapidly becoming disenchanted with the whole idea of these green paths. It is difficult to strim them without damaging the luxuriant growth of plants such as nasturiums or potatoes, they are really wet to walk on when the grass/weeds need cutting and
you have to negotiate them carefully, and strimming them all, ideally weekly at this time in the year, is really hard going. So, a decision has been made: we shall level the lumpy parts, pull out all the weeds we can, straighten up the edges of the beds
and put landscape membrane down, with a layer of woodchip over it to make solid paths.The two sections at the ends of the plot will stay as grass. They are mainly grass not weeds too, which is helpful, and this is where the flower beds are, so it should
look good. We hope. Membrane has been ordered, but please don't let us have to "edge" the beds with wood, as that would be hugely expensive and we are saving for those two 12m polytunnels.
We have really wanted a small wildlife
pond on #146 for ages, and have now managed to decide where it can go: near to the front gate. Having decided this of course, we now want to do it straight away, but there are the paths on #145 to deal with... I'll let you know how