Fruit and veg

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Most spe­cial­ist nurs­eries sup­ply young fruit trees lifted straight from the field once they are dor­mant. The lift­ing sea­son lasts from Novem­ber to Fe­bru­ary but the longer you leave it, the less choice of va­ri­eties you’ll have. Most bush and tree fruits in this form will be ready to crop a year after plant­ing. Pre­pare a weed-free site, add gar­den com­post to the plant­ing hole and drive in a stake for sup­port. Use a my­c­or­rhizal fun­gus on the roots be­fore plant­ing to im­prove es­tab­lish­ment. Firm the soil around the roots, then wa­ter, mulch and guard against deer or rab­bit dam­age in ex­posed gar­dens.

Press soil down firmly around the roots as you plant to give them good con­tact with the soil

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