Archive for January 2009

>Trenderway Farm orchard Planting day 3

>Saturday morning and we were surprised by the clear blue skies and soft breeze. It was not going to stay that nice so everyone piled in to their jobs determined to make the best of the day. Our dour expectations were fully justified. The rain held off, for which we were all grateful, however the wind picked up through out the morning until is was blowing us across the field as we worked, although you could say it was gently assisting us in the right direction.
Just after lunch Sue, Trenderway’s housekeeper, came to visit with her grandchildren who all planted a tree each.
Jacquie showed them the graft onto the root stock and explained how carefully each tree had to planted, with the roots gently surrounded with earth and graft kept about 4 inches above the soil.
Perhaps the most unusual picture of the day is that of Ben, our farmhand, throwing himself enthusiastically into the job of hammering the stakes into the ground. Usually camera shy we managed to snap him while he was unable to twist away. The implement in his hands is actually rather heavy and takes a certain knack to use effectively.

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>Trenderway Orchard – Planting day one

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Day one of the planting schedule completed and it looks great. We lost count but we think that we planted about 240 trees today.

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>Trenderway Orchard – the first tree is planted

> Everyone wanted to get involved with planting the very first Apple Tree. This one is a Court Pendu Plat – we don’t have a picture yet of course, but you can see one here

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>Trenderway Orchard – Planting starts

> The first holes are dug out along the lanes we measured weeks ago.
Stakes are hammered into the ground to support our fragile trees – probably a little overprotective. However there is no history of Apple growing here on Trenderway Farm and with the SW prevailing winds occassionaly getting rather strong we decided to adopt the safer options.
A sophisticated root dip is prepared. This is actually quite an interesting bit of science. Its a rootdip from a company called Plant Health Care and is intended to boost the mycorrhizal on the apple trees’ roots. It contains five superior species of endo- and ectomycorrhizal fungi that will colonize the roots and a whole load of other good stuff. You can find out more here. This is the US site, if any readers are interested in the products for use here in the UK you should contact PHC via their UK website

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>Trenderway Orchards – the trees arrive

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Jacquie and I were really excited this morning as we anticipated the call from the haulier. The truck was too big to get down our lane so we needed to meet it at the top of the lane, conveniently at the entrance to Beef Park, our orchard field.
The trees arrived bare root, in bundles of five with the roots bagged to protect them.

The most important step we have to take was to move them all to a more sheltered part of the hedge as we were expecting 50-60mph winds on Thursday night.

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