CHECK YOUR STONES AND PITS

The Bay Chronicle - - SITUATIONS VACANT - ROBERT GUYTON

Those plum and apri­cot stones, peach and nec­tarine pits that you put into the soil in the au­tumn once you’d eaten the sweet flesh, will be emerg­ing now and grow­ing to­ward the light. If you were far-sighted enough to put down stones and pits in ex­pec­ta­tion of grow­ing your own fruit trees, well done you! Home­grown soft fruits are es­pe­cially good value, grow­ing as they do from what would or­di­nar­ily be thrown away. Those hard ‘‘cores’’ from your favourite juicy sum­mer and au­tumn fruits con­tain the germ of a new, free fruit tree and it only takes a small ef­fort to get them grow­ing. I crack the stones and pits with a ham­mer, just enough

to let in the wa­ter when I soak them overnight and get the sprout­ing process started. I find the stones from or­gan­i­cal­ly­grown, her­itage va­ri­eties do very well, grow­ing quickly, fruit­ing early and re­sist­ing dis­eases in a man­ner su­pe­rior to store­bought trees. A pot­ted fruit tree, grown by your own hand, makes a great Christ­mas gift and costs next to noth­ing; all that’s re­quired is a little fore­sight.

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