Fruit Trees

Winter Progress

The plants are starting to wake from their winter slumber and the first signs of spring are becoming evident in the garden. While it has been a quiet time for plant growth, we’ve made some significant progress in growing the garden over the winter months. Here is a brief summary of our winter progress. The Design Progress on the design stalled in the middle of last year. We documented our initial steps and made loads of observations but somehow didn’t…

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Elderberry Harvest

I wrote this in Scotland a few years back. Since the elderberries are ripening I thought I’d share it now. The tree lined horizon of rust, amber and gold reflects the unseasonal warmth of October against a canvass of azure dappled white. The air is light, fragrant with leafy musk and as we climb the hill a formation of migrant geese draws our eyes toward the sky. My daughter stops amidst the fall of a large sycamore to collect leaves, her…

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Fruit Tree Guilds

Since planting the fruit trees I’ve been investigating what I could use to under-plant them that will be beneficial to the them, but also might serve other purposes, such as providing resources for us. In permaculture, these kinds of associations are known as plants guilds. This post talks about the considerations I took is designing fruit tree guilds for my apples and pears. Guilds are like next-level companion planting, with a twist. A guild is a grouping a plants, trees, animals, insects and…

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