I have actually done some work this week, not just staIked insects with my camera!
All the fruit trees are now pruned, and the apples thinned out properly on the Lord Derby tree, which is now opened up to let sunshine in on the fruit. Tidy
trees do improve the overall feel of the plots, which were starting to take on aspects of wilderness, and not in a good way either. The enormous "dwarf" cherry tree is now booked in with my plot-neighbour across the lane, for a crown-lift at the start of September.
That still gives me time to be able to thin the crown whilst the tree is still growing, I am really looking forward to this work being done, as it will open up that section of the plot to be much more accessible, as well as giving more light to the surrounding
The whole orchard area is now weeded and safe to walk through again, and the slabs under the main gate to the plots, which were beginning to sink so low a small rabbit could sneak underneath, are now raised again, before an intruder
arrived! Rabbits sit on the verge outside this gate every morning, so I am glad I got this job completed
I have also done a lot of thinking about how to best manage the plots come next season, and decided to use the bed where the first early potatoes
grew this year as a wildflower area, rather than enriching the soil with compost to grow more edibles. This will reduce the number of beds in the rotation, as well as providing benefits for wildlife. I can start sowing in the early Autumn when wild seed would
naturally be falling, and supplement what I have already with a bundle of hay from my daughter's meadow in her garden, and some seeds provided by my daughter-in-law too.
This feels like a really big decison, but sometimes changing things up can be a
good thing... or should that be changing things down in this case?
Another thing to consider is using another bed for perennial crops.. perhaps the Welsh Onions mentioned later, or Daubenton's Kale? Or something new I have never grown? Any suggestions?