Grow your own Fruit
It is very satisfying to walk down the garden, pick an apple and eat it as you wander round looking for inspiration. Look what it did for Issac Newton.
What confuses many folk is which apple varieties will pollinate each other so that the fruit will form, only a few varieties can pollinate themselves. So generally at least two different varieties of apples should be planted in order to get a decent crop. Apple varieties are divided up by their flowering time. My advice is to avoid early flowering varieties this far north as the blossom often gets frosted before the fruit can set. Then you just have mid and late flowering varieties which generally pollinate each other. Of course an old crab apple nearby will probably pollinate anything or if your neighbour has an apple just over the hedge that will usually do, the bees don’t understand garden boundaries they just think we plant hedges for them to have a rest on between flowers.
Other fruit trees will often self pollinate but if you have two different varieties you will more than double your crop. This is particularly true of pears.
Plums are probably the most successful fruit trees you can grow. The only problem being that they produce more fruit than you can eat.
If you have a south facing wall you could try something a bit more exotic such as peaches or grapes. Our climate is not quite warm enough. The sun’s heat stored in the wall is just enough to get them going.
Have a go you might even understand Prof. Stephen Hawking’s book or beat him to a complete understanding of the universe.
Don Morgan Morgans Nursery
Stonehouse Lane, Bulkeley, Nr. Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 8BQ
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