Many apples were affected by the very late, very severe frost that we suffered in early May 2017. This resulted in some very poor crops and some trees have not had any fruit this year. Some apples show frost damage, appearing as russet patches, something many of us have not seen before. These are two Adam’s Pearmain apples and one Bramley apple, all showing signs of frost damage.
Ten members joined with members of Women’s Farm & Garden Association for an afternoon visit to Organic Blooms near Bristol. We had a guided tour around the gardens with Jo, who then fed us tea and cake and did a demonstration of a hand tied bouquet of flowers from the garden. Fantastic organisation, totally organic, Soil Association certified, very ethical and part of a social enterprise scheme with young people with difficulties working alongside them to propagate and grow the flowers for cutting.
Sue & Robin’s wonderfully colourful HOME GROWN salad (mixed salad leaves, tomato, cucumber, peas, purple basil, chives, nasturtium flowers, new potatoes) with pistachio nuts. Looks delicious!
At last a good day of rain to water the garden.
Birds are feeding young with lots of juicy caterpillars. Hedge sparrows and bluetits ready to fledge.
The group had a stand at the Malvern Spring Show showing different ways of managing slugs! Very windy spot!
Get ahead with some early veg!
Sow some carrots, beetroot, spring onions, mixed lettuce in cells in March for later transplanting into the garden; a pinch of seed into each cell. Ten cells will transplant into a 4ft row to provide the first tender veg.
Don’t forget to prune your top fruit trees by the end of March to provide a good crop of fruit later on.
Monarch, a lovely cooking apple with a good flavour and white flesh that falls when cooked almost as well as the Bramley.