The Bay Chronicle - - SITUATIONS VACANT -

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.

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