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It’s still a lit­tle early to plant bare­rooted fruit trees but if you’re de­ter­mined to make fruit the core of your for­est, pre­pare the plant­ing hole now then wait pa­tiently for the sales that of­ten come in Au­gust. A good hole back-filled with qual­ity com­post and some slow-re­lease fer­tiliser will give a fruit tree a great start to life and make the later plant­ing a breeze at a time when win­ter may have soft­ened your dig­ging East­wood­hill Abore­tum

(www.east­wood­ with its col­lec­tion of na­tive and ex­otic trees. Take note of spec­i­mens that take your fancy and if pos­si­ble, pick the brains of the gar­dens’ cu­ra­tor about the con­di­tions they need as well as how tall they grow plus any­thing else you need to know. They are a mine­field of ex­pert in­for­ma­tion.

Robert’s wife Robyn over­sees plant­ing a grafted ap­ple tree.

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