|proud to establish, yeah! ..say what?|
Friday, 4 October 2013
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
The summery weather gave Sunday in the garden a holiday feel as work continued on the new pergola, which has now been completed.
|David at work|
|New pergola :-)|
The main concern was water for the thirsty plants!
Sunday, 23 June 2013
The garden was full of hearts today, on Gary's new signs
and on this great looking box that he made, which will make a fantastic home for tomatoes or beans.
Sieved leaf mould was used to fill a container for this fig tree, which was grown from a small cutting last year.
The wood chip will help to retain moisture and suppress weed growth.
Another raised bed was taken on by a local resident today and we also tried our hands at building a collection area and transportation system to channel rain water into a storage container.
It didn't quite work out so we'll be trying some other ideas. If you've got any suggestions, they'd be very welcome :-)
Monday, 17 June 2013
I hadn't been to the garden since last year and was delighted by the transformation that has taken place, including a wildlife area.
We worked on constructing another pergola, which you can see in the distance in the picture below. Once it's finished, it will provide a framework for some climbing plants – kiwi and grape vines and passion fruit.
Some families came into see how the plants in their raised beds are getting along and work was also carried out on this lovely centre piece made by Gary:
Along with food plants, such as these blueberries and gooseberries
there are also some beautiful wild flowers in the garden like this poppy.
All in all, it was lovely to spend time in nature and I hope to be back again soon.
Monday, 6 May 2013
Friday, 26 April 2013
|Rootstock - get rid of leaves if any. Grafting should be done in winter but as I grafted at the beginning of April the plants were starting to wake up already. This is an M9 (dwarfing) apple rootstock.|
|Cut rootstock at an angle. The secateurs must be clean and sharp.|
|Make a 1cm cut in the middle. Again knife must be clean and very sharp (sorry for the poor quality of the photo)|
|Same cut as with the rootstock.|
|Push the scion into the rootstock trying to match the inner barks (cambium layers). Here's where the magic starts!|
|Wrap it round for protection from desiccation and excess water favouring mouldy growth.|
|Don't forget to label it or you won't know what it is until it fruits in a few years!! |
...excuse my filthy fingers