My daughter’s tree

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:

Scrumptious after planting in its permanent home.

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.

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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16 Responses to My daughter’s tree

  1. looks lovely – good luck!

  2. Great idea to make it “her” tree – may it bear beautiful apples!

  3. I expect her interest will be sporadic until there is something to brag about when it will very definitely be ‘her’ tree! However it is amazing how much information children retain without you realising they were taking notice and if you do not try to interest her in gardening and food how can she learn form you? Meanwhile you will both enjoy it in the garden and hopefully its fruit in the near future.

  4. What a lovely gift. My son wanted a grafted fruit tree for his tenth birthday and we happily obliged. It’s growing strongly eight years in, but only two of the grafts (of the four) survived. The tree means a lot to him, though. I hope that same proves true for your daughter.

  5. that’s so nice, may you both enjoy the tree, Frances

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