The SLOG Orchard now has a much more open appearance since the pussy willow tree beside the wall was felled by a contractor in late October. The cut branches were quickly removed by various members for firewood. Adam then felled the elderberry and cut up the branches. This enabled us to start the next phase of planting. A working party of four erected posts & wires for three more rows of cordons in mid-November. We then planted about thirty trees, most of them maiden whips which had been grafted and potted up eight months earlier.At this stage with the trees leafless, only the posts are obvious in the photo above. Adam’s wheelbarrow in the foreground of the picture subsequently saw service to mulch all the trees using the chippings from the branches of the late pussy willow. In the heritage apple rows we now have 14 Cumbrian, 7 Lancashire and 4 Yorkshire varieties. Many more will be grafted at or after our 2nd March SLOG Grafting Workshop for planting out in November 2013 with the aim of eventually planting full rows of all twenty or so of each of the three county varieties.
May 4th 2012
A second working party on the 5th May saw Adam, Andy & Justin erect a second set of posts & wires; and plant the first five of what will be a row of about twenty Cumbrian varieties.
The five Cumbrian varieties planted so far are:
- Mrs. Harper (Daphne's Delight) on M26
- Greenup's Pippin on M26
- Keswick Codlin on MM106
- John Hugget on M26 Rankthorn (D.Holmes) on MM106
The following dozen Cumbrian varieties were grafted in March on MM106 for planting out in November:
- Lancashire Pippin
- Lemon Square
- Nelson's Favourite
- Taylor's Favourite
- Fallbarrow Favourite
- Forty Shilling
- Autumn Harvest
- Burr Knot type (Nancy Crow, Staveley)
- Bradley's Beauty
A few more Cumbrian varieties remain to be grafted March 2013 for planting out in November 2013.
In addition, we planted another five Quince rootstocks donated by Hilary, and did some hoeing to ensure the young trees already planted can get established without weed competition.
Photo 1: Entire site with rootstocks in foreground and first row of cordons on left (Feb 2012)
Photo 2: Line of cordons running from south to north, smaller trees at south, bigger ones at north end so that all can enjoy whatever sunshine we get. (Feb 2012)
The first row of cordons consist of experimental varieties, among which we are evaluating varieties with the scab-resistant Vf gene, and three pairs of varieties where we are evaluating the new M116 rootstock against the well-known and reliable MM106 rootstock, and also a few other new varieties to determine their suitability for Cumbrian conditions. The identity of the trees from north to south is as follows:
|Saturn/M26 LD, EMRS 1997, GDx, scab-res|
|Elstar/MM106 MD, Wageningen 1955, Ingrid MariexGD|
|Prima M26 EMD, USA 1970, Vf scab-res gene|
|Majka/MM106 LD, Czech, recent, (GDxLL)x?, Vf scab-res gene, may not ripen fully in N|
|Limelight/MM106 MD, H.Ermen 1985 DiscoveryxGreensleeves, res scab & mildew, frost-res|
|Limelight/M116 MD, H.Ermen 1985 DiscoveryxGreensleeves, res scab & mildew, frost-res|
|Delcorf/M116 EMD, France 1956, GDxStark Jonagrimes|
|Delbar Estival/MM106 EMD, France 1956, GDxStark Jonagrimes|
|Santana/M116 Dutch cv suitable for mild apple allergy sufferers, intro 2006|
|Pinova/MM106 LD, Germany, 1986, CliviaxGD, disease-res, good keeper|
|Santana/MM106 Dutch cv suitable for mild apple allergy sufferers, intro 2006|
|Northern Festival/M26Seedling raised by Freda in Southport|
There is also a Taylors Favourite on M25 at the NE side of the plot which will be grown as a standard.
The next row of cordons to be planted will be exclusively Cumbrian varieties.