It’s not often we go out for the day and come back with a tree. Nor do I frequently get a helping hand in the garden.
However, this is a special tree:
My daughter chose it at R V Roger’s Apple Weekend last October and I explained that as it was hers she needed to learn about planting it and subsequently looking after it.
Of course, I got to do the digging and soil shifting to make sure that the soil was up to the correct height below the graft. I also filled the hole with feathers and straw but the extra pair of hands came in useful for holding our newest tree in place at the appropriate time.
The final job will be to sort out a stake. The tree does look quite sturdy but then it’s quite still today. I can’t say we want for wood, though, so it’s only got to go the night without support.