It was wonderful weather for the workday at Old Sleningford Farm where we go once a month. I took one of my friends and I hope she enjoyed it as much as we did.
One of the jobs my daughter and I undertook was to whittle the bark off willow branches, so that they could be used as bean poles. Basically, if the bark is removed they won’t root.
As if that wasn’t enough gardening for one day, when we got home I spent a good couple of hours sowing, planting, removing netting and weeding. Then I decided it was time to remove the old tights that had been holding the first apple tree to its stake.
Poor thing! The tights had begun to throttle the trunk. This also made it difficult for me to cut them off, with the result that I made a small gash in the bark. However, I’m hoping some Vaseline will prevent any nasties getting in.
I also used a ‘new’ pair of tights, this time lower down the trunk and tied more loosely, in the hope that eventually I can remove the stake, once the tree is stronger. And of course I took the time to smell the blossom, which is now coming out on all the apple trees.
Normally, the crab apple blossom comes out first but I’m wondering if the cold start to spring held it back. All to the better, though, as there is a good chance the pollinators will be able to transfer the necessary and we’ll have a bountiful crop of apples.
With this in mind, although it could be too late for this year, having been told that Vaseline keeps critters from climbing up the tree and boring into the fruit, I put a ring of the stuff round the trunk for good measure.
Apart from hoping for the best on that front, I hope the oregano I planted in the place of the sage, which died this winter, settles in. And it will be good if the courgette seeds which came out of a fruit I got from Old Sleningford last year germinate and bear fruit. Not having had a crop of these for two years, it’s time for success in this department.