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It's Not Magic, It's Work!

04 Mar 2011

Allotment Plot

Last year we bought our own house. It's a very nice 1930s semi and perfect for our needs in all ways but one - the garden is tiny. A few years ago I asked a local farmer if he had a small plot land he wasn't farming that we could put some trees on. Last weekend we put 5 apple and 3 plum trees into a small plot we are now renting from the farmer.

It was very hard work digging holes into chalky/flint soil, then banging in the timber supports. After that we had to push several wheel-barrow loads of manure and mulch up the lane to the plot to prepare the holes and top them out once planted in.

I'm not expecting any fruit this year, especially as they were planted a bit late, but in 5 years I'm expecting plenty of apples and plums!

We put in the following varieties:

  • Worcester Pearmain M26
  • Orleans Reinette M26
  • Egremont Russet M26
  • Cox's Orange Pippin M26
  • Ashmead's Kernel M26
  • Mirabelle de Nancy
  • Opal Plum St Julien A
  • Merryweather Damson St Julien A
  • Meeche's Prolific Quince A*

* The Quince went in the front garden not the allotment.