Fruit Trees – Something New!

My eldest daughter recently asked if I could help her out on her new allotment. I gladly said yes but then she dropped a bombshell. She asked if I could help her plant a mixture of apple, plum and pear trees. I have had an allotment myself for many years, in fact many decades, and I have to admit that I have never grown fruit trees. This was all new to me. It was going to be a new adventure and I hope one that will bear fruit. Apologies for the pun but I couldn’t resist it.

I thought it would be a straight forward job, just dig a hole and plant a tree. That was going to be the easy part. I hadn’t reckoned on the various choices of tree that were available. Initially bamboozled by terms for their sizes such as M26, M9, MM11 and M27 I was then stumped by the choice of do I buy self pollinators or trees that require pollinators. After half an hour at the garden centre I was beginning to wish I had said I would just stick to lettuces and carrots. Anyway they have now all been planted so lets see what happens in the coming months and years.

2 thoughts on “Fruit Trees – Something New!”

  1. How exciting. I remember when I was young I enjoyed running between rows of blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes in my aunt’s garden -so much more interesting and delicious, than grass and flowers. We never did have fruit trees although we did later live on an estate that had a single Bramley tree. I could never understand why the folk who lived there didn’t pick the fallen fruit. I did and they were lovely cooking apples.

    1. I am just keeping my fingers crossed we have a wet spring so the roots can get bedded in. I am sure none of the fruit from the trees will be left on the ground when and if they appear when the grandchildren are around! I am patiently looking forward to seeing how the trees get on.

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