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Hi all,I volunteer at the Cumbria Wildlife Trust site, Gosling S...
I volunteer at the Cumbria Wildlife Trust site, Gosling Sike, where there is a small orchard. I have taken the volunteer lead for managing the orchard and am hoping to arrange a pruning session with a few more volunteers towards the end of this month, none of us are orchard experts. Is there anyone in this group who would like to join in the session and/or advise us while we do it? You can contact me on
Wisely crab apple trees/ scions
morning I know I am a little early for this request is anyone in the group, come graftin...
I know I am a little early for this request
is anyone in the group, come grafting time, able to supply me with 2 - 3 scions off a "Wisely crab apple" - or even graft for me
The tree we have round here is very old and doesn't produce much new growth. I want to replace it before I loose it altogether.
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Pruning - 'cut to an outward facing bud'
All the books and experts say that you should always prune to an o...
All the books and experts say that you should always prune to an outward-facing bud. However, that assumes the tree has read the books. In my experience, as often as not, it’s the next bud down that develops (and even the two below the top – as shown in the pic). No problem – next year you just have to prune off the bit you don’t want. Some trees appear to be more literate than others, but if the tree wants to develop bud number 2 consistently, then maybe you should prune to the bud above an outward-facing bud (and cut off the stub in the summer).
Recipe for Upside Down Apple Cake
I thought Members might like a recipe that puts their apples...
I thought Members might like a recipe that puts their apples to a very good use. It makes a lovely moist textured cake. I don’t know how long it keeps for – not long in our house! Enjoy.
Spring is on the way
Swelling buds on Ashmead's Kernel
Swelling buds on Ashmead's Kernel
Best apple now
Co-incidence, have just seen your Sunday email Mark. I unwrapped some Ashmeads Kernel y...
Co-incidence, have just seen your Sunday email Mark. I unwrapped some Ashmeads Kernel yesterday evening to prepare a pudding. Had to open 16 to get 5 without rot. Those five were a fine flavour but poor texture and cooked to a mush.
By comparison Adam's Pearmain are still near perfect and keep shape when sliced for tarts. And the tree is much more resistant to canker.
Winston are keeping well but their flavour is fading.
What is the best apple to eat at this time of year?
For the last month, I would say that Ashmead's Kernel has definitely...
For the last month, I would say that Ashmead’s Kernel has definitely been the star. Previous to that, Egremont Russet and Pitmaston Pine Apple were favourites. Close contenders now are Rosemary Russet, Duke of Devonshire and Fiesta. Generally, the russets win on flavour.
Any alternative views?
New! Scrapbook page
The committee has discussed the pros and cons of a Facebook page ...
The committee has discussed the pros and cons of a Facebook page at its meeting on February 5th and the general feeling was that:
- We did not think it would get a great deal of use (given our previous experience with forums and the fairly low level of interaction that occurs between members outside of events)
- Many of our members are not on Facebook. If they attempt to look at a Facebook page, much of the content is hidden by a request to log in to see it properly. We did not want to have a communications medium that excludes a large part of the membership.
- We appreciated that more use of social media might attract a younger group of people but considered that this possibility did not outweigh the factors set out above. However, we did not discount the use of some forms of social media in the future and will keep the matter under review.
To provide some of the benefits of Facebook, but without the exclusivity and with less interactivity, we decided to trial a “Scrapbook” page. This page is automatically built from emails sent in by members to the address . Images and other attachments may be attached to the email. This post is the first such item.
Members are free to send in emails to the Scrapbook, but please keep them fairly brief, not like this one (use News Reports in “My NCOG” for larger items) and do not attach multi-megabyte files. They should appear at https://ncorchards.co.uk/scrapbook within about 5 minutes of sending them. Our news editor will moderate entries as necessary.