LOTS MORE TREES TO PLANT…
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.
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.
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.Tish