Why bother with grafting your fruit trees?
Well last year we had a bumper crop of apples (35kg) from 2 of our trees and we enjoyed the fresh fruit over a couple of months. It was great while the harvest lasted, but given that our family manages to consume up to 4kg of apples each week, the apples ran out quickly.
Spring has arrived early this year and the flowers in the front garden are a good sign that we will have a good harvest of fruit this year.
Here is the peach tree covered with hundreds of flowers. I will need to thin this tree out again this year so the tree is not too stressed and loaded with too much fruit.
Its now time to start preparing garden beds and planting out seeds ready for the summer fruit and vegetables. A great way to prepare the garden beds and get them ready for planting out the seedlings is to mix in plenty of rich organic compost into the soil. The organic mix helps to replenish the nutrients that were used up by the previous seasons crops. One option is to buy compost and fertiliser from your nursery, but a cheaper and more sustainable way of doing this is to compost your own green and brown waste. I talk about various methods of composting in “garden life“. My preferred method is the hot composting combined with bokashi composting as this allows me to produce about 400kg of compost in under 3 months – even over the winter months.