The painstaking, snail's pace progress reinstating the orchard at Cordwood is nearing completion:
- spent from April to November removing the impenetrable build up of suckers, trees and brambles
- pruned the old apple trees
- created overlapping lines of cordoned apples and pears to act as a boundary between the orchard and the vegetable garden
- the ground beneath all old apple trees has been cleared of perennial weeds and suckers
- wood ash and manure has been applied to some of the trees
- a general 'grot-busting' has taken place.
More manure needed, ground needs clearing beneath the knackered damson and plum. And the grass needs cutting to control the blackthorn suckered shoots that are emerging. I hope that one day, the sward in the orchard will become a wild flower meadow, cut once a year in July. And an old-fashioned beehive in pride of place!
Hopefully, all of the outstanding jobs out of the way by the end of the weekend.
And on to the next jobs!!