This weekend saw two work sessions in the garden – on the Saturday morning and the Sunday afternoon. The main aim being to get the four fruit trees planted and to plant some other fruit bushes that we had acquired.
The trees are from Ashridge Nurseries and are all maidens:
Saturday morning saw Tony and Joanne hacking away at the stony ground. Huge pieces of stone and brick were dug up. Joanne in particular seemed intent on digging a hole through to Australia!
During the week contractors had been to replace the vicarage fence that had blown down. They also removed the whole of a fantastic cotoneaster that had been growing along the fence. The new fence was about 2m tall and provided some privacy for Rev Steve but the old fence is lower and without the plant allows us to watch Rev Steve making his cups of tea in his kitchen. We will need to look at growing something new, attractive and hopefully productive along that section of the fence.
The soil against the fence that has now been revealed looks quite rich. It is dark and moist and contains a lot of works. Because we needed a quick fix for planting our trees – it looked like we would need a week of digging to get the trench ready for four – we decided to plant two of them against the fence and to grow them as espaliers so in went the Greensleeves with plenty of water and a bit of micorrhizal fungi rootgrow. Mycorrhizae are fungi that coexist in the soil with plant root systems. They have a symbiotic relationship in which the fungi provide the host with additional water and nutrient in exchange for the plant’s waste products (mainly starches) that the fungi require to grow. Mycorrhizae grow vastly more rapidly than roots and so they can increase the effective root area of a plant many times in only a few weeks.
Lunchtime came, hands were blistered, so we decided to call it a day and reconvene after church on Sunday.