Friday, September 20, 2013
Taking the time to save and plant the stones and pits from the apricots and peaches I ate during the autumn has paid off handsomely. There are dozen of Morepark apricot and Blackboy peach seedlings pushing up through the sandy soil of my 'pit'n'stone' bed now, all looking vigorous and ready to become trees. I've potted a lot of them up, into compost made from kitchen scraps and weeds, and they've taken to that without a check, thanks to the recent rain. The secret to striking most if not all of your peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots is cracking - the stones that is, before you plant them. I think too, it's a good idea to get them in as soon after you've enjoyed the fruit-flesh as you can. Once cracked and buried, it's just a matter of waiting patiently. I was very surprised at how early in the spring they emerged and they are still coming, more and more each day. I've paper almonds in there too, but they've not shown yet. I hope they do, paper-almonds are a fruit I'd like to grow and haven't seen this far south. I've put in pips too. The japonica apples are racing up. At least, I think it's those that are putting on the growth in there. I didn't lable anything, so they might just as easily be the Chinese hawthorn. Either way, it's exciting and whatever they are, they'll take their place in some of the hedgerows I'm 'building' at the moment. The biggest is half-completed and will eventually encircle the Pleasance Park neighbourhood orchard in Castle Street. My planting team and I did two sides of the half-acre park last week, planting wineberry, black currant, manuka and another berry-bearing tree whose name has escaped me. The apricots and peaches will go in there too, some of them, along with crabapples that I've got coming on. It'll be a wonderful display of fruitiness! Hops will bind them and I've grape cuttings in one of my beds that are ear-marked for those hedgerows. Figs too, and native broom, raspberries and cranberies. The birds are going to be overjoyed.
Posted by robertguyton at 7:33 AM