What's New at the South Lakeland Orchard Group
SLOG Events 2014
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.
SLOG Grafting Workshop Saturday 8th March 2014 – 2.00-4.30pm at Growing Well, Sizergh
Our most popular event of the year: learn to graft your own apple & pear trees using MM106 & other popular rootstocks at £2.50 each and a wide range of free scion wood varieties.
The session will be led by Phil and Hilary with advice from other experienced members. Bring your own Stanley knife (a few will be provided) and gardening gloves for protection. Wear suitable footwear as the path to the yurts may be muddy. Plastic bags to put your new grafts will be useful to stop the roots drying out.
Directions to Growing Well: From M6 junction 36 go 4 miles on A591 towards Kendal, then A590 Barrow, then shortly on right follow brown signs for Sizergh Castle, then Low Sizergh Barn. From Kendal go 3½ miles south on the A591 then just before the A590 interchange turn left into the car park at Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop and Tearooms.
Admission: Free to SLOG members, with a charge for the rootstock. You can join on the day which costs £8 for an individual and £10 for a couple. Non-members and visitors: £10
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
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Members who have used plastic labels on trees may have been irritated by their tendency to become brittle after a couple of years, break off and get lost. Or if not, for the writing to fade away and become illegible. The most elegant solution to this problem is to use metal Alitags, but these are quite expensive at about £1 each.
The most cost-effective is a Wells & Winter product shown below, using silver pen on a rigid black plastic label measuring 2 x 3½” (5x9cm), giving a permanent and very visible result. SLOG has purchased a box of these labels plus silver pens. They are available to members at 15p each along with a deposit for the pen (if taken away). Contact Andy at email@example.com you wish to buy any.