I woke up this morning to sunshine, so as soon as I had dropped my daughter off at school I was out in the garden. After all, at the very least, there were the rest of the onions to plant. Doing that in daylight was a lot easier than in the dark when I got home on Monday.
With that achievement out of the way, I got down to a small job I had been meaning to do for quite a while. Back in the summer of 2010, I had bought a potato-growing kit which came with three deep, round grow bags. Two of these has already needed to go in the bin but one had a strawberry plant in it.
In truth, I never got more than a handful of strawberries. The original plants had not been the most productive and the meagre runners produced plants which were even less so. Besides, with having such a small garden (relatively speaking) I had to keep the grow bag on soil which could obviously not therefore be used for anything else.
So now the strawberry plant is in the compost bin and the remaining compost has been used to mulch the Swiss chard which will now be into its second year. As recommended by drofmit4108, I’ve cut it right back and hopefully with the mulch it will come back to produce more leaves this year.
Since the going was still good and my fingers and toes weren’t too cold, I also decided to give the apple tree a little trim. And by little, I do mean little – apart from one long branch, I didn’t feel there was much pruning needed. Besides, as it appears to be a tip bearing tree I didn’t want to lose this year’s crop before we even get started!
The upshot of this little task was an idea: could I grow a new tree from a cutting? Apparently, yes, so I’ve stuck the cutting in a pot so that it doesn’t dry out, while I think about how to proceed.
I think that any resultant tree would possibly grow quite big, so I’m not sure it should be going in my garden. But should the cutting root, I can think about what to do next at that point.