Little red and green apples All members are welcome to sit in on our committee meetings. the date of the next meeting will be 7.30pm Tuesday May 20th at the Derby Arms, Witherslack.

little red appleThe SLOG Spring Newsletter is now available

Little red and green applesSLOG members can get discounts from Beetham Nurseries (5% off all products), and RV Roger (10% off fruit trees and bushes). Please have your membership card and number ready to quote before your sale goes through the till

Little red and green applesSLOG Orchard If you want to be involved in the orchard, please email Andy or call him on 01539 727772.

What's New at the South Lakeland Orchard Group

SLOG - The South Lakeland Orchard Group

All of our events are free to members. We welcome new members who can join at the event - just £10 for a couple, and £8 singles. Alternatively, look on our joining page and contact Jill who will get you signed up now.

 

 

 

 

Some pictures from our recent grafting events Grafting applesGrafting 2014

Outlook for 2014's Fruit Crop

What are the prospects for our fruit crop this year?

One of the critical factors is winter chill. Apple trees need about 1,000 hours at between 0-7°C (32-43°F) of winter chill to ensure adequate fruit set. We probably did not get that in this year's mild winter, so what will be the impact on fruit set?

Flower bud quality and particularly pollen strength isApple blossom weaker where trees were not fully dormant and instead drew on their energy reserves. The pollen tube must reach the ovary within 12 hours to fertilise the apple. If the temperature is too low at flowering and/or it runs out of nitrogen nutrient, it will fail.

Commercial growers are planning to address this issue by applying foliar fertiliser sprays just before blossom because nutrient uptake from the roots is still slow in early spring. You may wish to consider a seaweed foliar spray to see if it helps.

SLOG's Spring Newsletter

Andy has one again put together the must-read for all who are interested in apples, orchards and other fruit. This time he talks about our rainfall, honey fungus, field voles and he reviews Alant, a heritage apple variety. Plus, much more.

If you are a member, you will have received a copy by email, or you can download it here.Book cover picture

 

The Apples and Orchards of Cumbria

Our chairman, Andy Gilchrist has written a book about the apple varieties and orchards of Cumbria. It is now on sale, for £9.00 + P&P and can also be ordered direct from Andy by contacting him on andyjgilchrist@hotmail.co.uk.

 

Trees for Sale

SLOG are now able to offer maiden trees for sale which were grafted by ourselves in spring 2013. In addition, our member, Bob Bradley, also has maiden trees for sale.

To see the SLOG trees for sale, go to the Apple Trees for Sale page or directly to the list.

If you are interested in Bob's trees, please email him for prices and availabilty on BraddersS@aol.com or phone on 015395 52340. His list of trees for sale is:

Variety
No.
Bradley's Beauty M25 8
Scotch Bridget M25 6
Tom Putt M25 3
Neptune M25 2
Keswick Codlin M25 2
Fiesta M25 2
John Standish M25 2
Howgate Wonder M25 2
Royal (local variety) M25 1
Greenups Pippin M25 1
Bradley's Beauty MM106 1
Yellow Ingestre MM106 1
Lord Lambourne MM106 1