20151128 Trees

LOTS MORE TREES TO PLANT

The orchard is now quite extensive, with apples and pears on the south and plums and gages on the north. The Forest Garden is in the distance.

The orchard is now quite extensive, with apples and pears on the south and plums and gages on the north. The Forest Garden is in the distance.


Orchard and Forest Gardening Tree Planting

Nine people turned out on Saturday, 23rd January to plant trees in the orchard and Frest Grden at Marlpit Community Garden.
Lunch was rice, dahl and cake, provided by Amy, and was very welcome.

We made a good start, planting English varieties of apples, pears, plums and gages to replace those trees that had succumbed to attack by muntjac deer, or not made it from last year for other reasons. All the fruit trees have since been supplied with tree guards against the deer.

Leptospermum scoparium, Manuka Myrtle

Leptospermum scoparium, Manuka

Planting continued all week in the forest garden of more exotic trees and shrubs and is now complete. The trees planted were mulberry, peach, persimmon, almond, cherry, Siberian pea tree, sweet chestnut, yellowhorn and blue beans. Shrubs were chokeberry, goji, jostaberry, Worcesterberry, bog myrtle and manuka and also three varieties of grapevine.

Lycium barbarum, Goji Big Lifeberry - bears red fruit to be eaten fresh. The young shoots and leaves may be cooked as a vegetable

Lycium barbarum, Goji Big Lifeberry – bears red fruit to be eaten fresh. The young shoots and leaves may be cooked as a vegetable

The fruit and nuts from these trees and shrubs will provide us with familiar and new tastes which should result in some interesting additions to our dishes and preserves in a year or two.

The leaves and nuts from bog myrtle are used to flavour dishes and wax from the leaves can be used to make candles.

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The first crocus to flower in the Forest Garden, 'Cream Beauty', photographed on 25th January.

The first crocus to flower in the Forest Garden, ‘Cream Beauty’, photographed on 25th January.

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