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Allotment Journal : Monthly update…..

A blaze of blossom. Blackthorn trees, growing on the boundary of Choice Allotments. This has to be my favourite time of year, when nature emerges from it’s winter dormancy and literally bursts into life. We’re rewarded with the most beautiful display of

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Pear scab and rust!

I’ve been thrilled that we still have pears on the trees this year, and there’s quite a few of them. However, I have noticed something rather untoward, some black patches are forming on the fruit. This is not a good sign,

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Allotment Journal: Plot Update. It’s been a fruitful week!

Most of the work we’ve done this week has oddly been to do with fruit. I suppose it’s that time of year,  we have given the fruit trees and fruit plants our priority mainly so we can protect the emerging crop. Strawberries The strawberry

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Today we bought raspberry canes from the garden centre and I’m thrilled. They are currently on my middle balcony enjoying the seaview. We had two raspberry canes on plot one but sadly they died last year so it was time to

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Cherry tree,  in full blossom. The fruit trees have been in blossom for about three weeks and we’ve enjoyed a rather cheery blaze of pretty white flowers on the orchard plot. The pear tree has lost most of its petals now and we

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Quince Tree

The quince tree has been planted! It looks rather magnificent. We are overjoyed. The plot is made up of heavy clay soil, so we dug lots of organic matter into a large hole to help the tree get established. We’re not

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  Last year’s unexpected heatwave led to an unusually early crop of some of the best quality and largest harvests of strawberries enjoyed in the past 20 years. We picked fragrant, deliciously sweet strawberries from May all the way through to September.

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Quince Blossom

Thrilled. Our young quince tree is blossoming!

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Making way for a Quince tree

The orchard plot has five established dwarf root stock fruit trees, one of which is rather unpromising. The one above, a small cherry tree, that did absolutely nothing last year. After a recent visit to the local garden centre we stumbled

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June 2023