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Newton Rigg Grafting, or, how to create a portable orchard

Postby Kate Stewart » Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:02 pm

The day commenced in fine style with a demonstration of how to create matching notches in a rootstock and scion, then make the incisions known as the whip and tongue and slide them together, enabling the ‘graft’ to heal. Hilary’s technique, based on years of experience, was as deft and enviable as ever. The assembled grafters were then given plenty of information by Mark on which to base their decisions regarding rootstocks, after which we set to work, with more experienced NCOG members supervising those who were new to the technique or somewhat shakier! In total, 86 rootstocks were sold, with an estimated 75 grafted then and there in the potting shed, and no grafters or onlookers were harmed by knives in the process! The productivity was certainly increased by tea, coffee, and Jane’s delicious freshly baked focaccia bread. Once the session had drawn to a close, many NCOG members went on to inspect the proposed site for a series of apple tree cordons, which will be a joint venture between the group and Newton Rigg college. The new grafts were brought to be stored in the polytunnels that day, ready to be planted this autumn in time for Newton Rigg’s 120 year celebrations. This was a very industrious and creative day.

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