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Social at Skelton: cake, a raffle & a few new grafts

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Social at Skelton: cake, a raffle & a few new grafts

Postby Kate Stewart » Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:02 am

On August 27th 2016, Kate the secretary along with her mum Liz hosted a social which was well-attended by various NCOG members. For late summer, we couldn't have fixed the weather better and the guests didn't disappoint, bringing with them an array of tempting cakes. The afternoon commenced with a banter-filled discussion standing on the site of the Stewarts' proposed orchard, on how not to stake apple trees. There were some classic examples present to illustrate the point. We then progressed in a relaxed fashion to practise scything some rough grass beyond the paddock, whilst Mark comprehensively demonstrated peening techniques and explained equipment requirements. Meantime there was the opportunity to learn more about how to handle successful young grafts within the first year - they should be staked and tied in above and below the healing graft line, planted out no later than November, and new growth appearing on the rootstock must be pinched out immediately to conserve energy. Between them, Kate and Liz managed to produce a few examples both of what to do and what not to do, for the edification of the guests. The afternoon concluded with a raffle, where the most coveted prize was perhaps a bottle from Mark and Alison's supply of homemade cider.

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