Only available at this time of year, this week’s Winter post is to welcome three new bare rooted trees to my increasing productive little garden. I had been meaning to buy them for ages but kept changing my mind about which trees I wanted and then decided to rip the whole garden out at once and prepare the soil before getting them. Procrastination on this task meant that I’ve only just gotten around to doing the necessary work.
The garden was ripped out on the weekend and the trees were brought home. I’m yet to dig in the compost so they won’t be planted until this coming weekend.
In the end I went with two varieties of apple – Granny Smith and Jonathan – as well as a Santa Rosa Plum. I adore plums, well the plum I remember from my childhood anyway – so was desperate to get one of these and it will be going into the most prestigious position in the garden. The Santa Rosa wasn’t my first choice – it’s a yellow fleshed plum and I prefer the red ones – but it is one of very few varieties that are self pollinating and I don’t have room for another full sized tree. I’ll be doing some hunting to find a dwarf mariposa plum or similar but they seem to be very rare indeed. I have a spot picked out for two more dwarf trees, probably stone fruit or citrus but that will have to wait for now.
I think this summer I’m going to go a fair way to growing most of our vegetable requirements with just the odd topping up from the green grocer or local markets. I’d love to be able to do the same with fruit and these bare rooted trees are the first tentative steps in that direction. Any tips of planting and caring for bare rooted trees or fruit trees in general would be greatly appreciated from those more experienced than me.
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