RECORD THE BLOSSOMING
Every year, at this time, blossoms appear, promising fruits later on. It can all seem overwhelming, especially when you’ve a range of varieties in your orchard or home garden. Record what blossoms are presenting and what the weather’s doing – wind speed, temperatures, frosts that might fall. Compare this data with the crop at the end of the season, to learn of any correlations that might exist. Did the absence of bees mean the fruit harvest was patchy? Did the wind help or hinder the fruit set? Information is power. Now’s the time to start gathering some.
that activity, so if you’ve already done it, the next step is to find some apple rootstock, or lift those you prepared last year. We buy ours from a nursery that specialises in apple rootstock, so it’s a matter of making sure we’ve got a cultivated bed ready to receive them. They’ll sit there, while the scions are in their cool place, for another week, when the moon suits the making of unions. Then we’ll swing into action with our grafting knives, pastes, tapes and Band-Aids. You could do the same.