Monthly Archives: September 2009

  • To Fedge or Not? Whether tis better in willow....

    Willow fedges are living structures made from closely planted willows.  Ornate structures can be built up; chairs, houses, pergolas and so on, but in its simplest form a willow fedge is just a living fence. Willow is a fantastic tree, it has adapted to survive where most trees will not...
  • Fruit Trees and the Mile High Club

    You will often hear people say that you can't grow apple trees at more than 500 feet above sea level. While there is a germ of truth in this - as in many old wives' tales - it is only a germ.  I know of an enormously successful commercial orchard...
  • Were you a Derby Day loser?

    We get a few enquiries about box blight from customers (and non-customers) who are worried that their box hedging might have contracted the dread disease. When we are sent samples only about a quarter prove to be suffering from box blight which probably means that it is not as serious...
  • Who will buy my apples?

    Guide to fruit tree rootstocks It is about this time of year that the signs go up in nurseries and garden centres around the country, announcing the arrival of the main apple harvest. And thousands of people boldly go forth to find..... apple trees for sale (if you recognise the parallels...
  • Hawthorn Hedge Planting - Tip 2

    This may sound silly, but it is amazing how well it works. If you have a good number of hawthorn hedge plants to get in the ground, why not have a hawthorn hedge planting party. Obviously you can get everyone to help lay weed proof fabric and tuck the edges...
  • Fruit Trees at Altitude

    We get hundreds of enquiries a year about growing fruit trees in the uk at altitude and our answers usually start off with something like: "Unfortunately your location sounds beautiful but (from the perspective of fruit trees) terrible. You site is high up and almost certainly windy given that you...

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