Orchard Maintenance Diary 2020

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Monthly Maintenance, March 2020


Training

It was a lovely morning. No rain, a miracle as the last month saw one of the wettest Februarys recorded. The ground just outside the Orchard was waterlogged and the ditches high with water. The ditch on the southern boundary was overflowing. We will have to look into this. Enquire whether farmers or our responsibility. Other ditches we have maintained in past coping. Many of the paths around the Orchard site were very muddy and as a result the public are creating other paths through the trees. It was also noted that there is a lot more dog poos around the site than before that is not pleasant for the volunteers working on the trees.


Training

This month we started to try and shape some of the apple trees. Rob instructed and demonstrated this and several volunteers continued. This will be continued over the following months. The rest of the volunteers started the annual maintenance of the membraned trees. This meant checking stakes and guards, removing grass from base of trees and feeding with chicken manure. Again, this will be on going, but needs to be done before grass takes off. This year this will be earlier because of rainfall. Last winter was very dry.

No further rabbit damage seen to apple trees, but the prunings we left out had been generously attacked. Tactics seemed to have worked. Noted that late February saw blossom on some plums and our single apricot. Result of mild weather.

Many thanks to volunteers Rob, Adrienne, Robinne, Geoff, Paul, Lanier, Steve, Keith, Eugene, Eric and Ruth.

Monthly Maintenance, February 2020


Primary pruning

The weather was kind to us and the few volunteers that came continued with primary pruning of the Newton Wonders and the more established trees at the north end of the Orchard. Two volunteers tackled the general pruning of the russets and other trees nearby.

Due to recent damage by rabbits we placed apple tree prunings along the southern boundary. Rob and Adrienne had been advised at a recent Management Course they had attended, to do this as rabbits would attack these. These prunings should be taken to wood pile later in year.

Due to mild weather we will not prune apples after mid Feb. We may have to resurrect a maintenance day in January to deal with this in future. Rob and Adrienne dealt with pruning all the young apple trees before and after this maintenance day. Due to rabbit damage discovered before the Wassail event Adrienne guarded all damaged apple trees and many other apple trees that were at risk.

Adrienne and Rob have checked the Orchard at regular intervals following the high winds and dealt with any damaged branches. Relatively little damage seen.

Many thanks to volunteers Rob, Adrienne, Geoff, Hazel, Dave, Lanier and Steve

Maintenance days in 2019 can be found here.

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