Healing in the grafted apple trees!

My babies finally went into the ground. “At least stand them straight” G complained when he saw them in the hole.  They may only be healed in but at least they should be safe from frost over winter.

We had a grafting workshop at Love Lane Wildlife Garden last February. After Mr. CornishAppleTree Shane had demonstrated the technique and said many times how we should be careful not to cut ourselves and that if we did never mind because rubbish grafters could do the tieing well I preceded to cut myself immediatley and then tried to hide my bleeding thumb from him. Oh well, I did turn out to be pretty darn good at tieing though. But the joy I felt a couple of months later when the first trees came into leaf was such a hit. All 11 are growing away like troopers so I guess after a poor start I turned out alright at the slicing side after all.

All 11 are tucked up now with our damson sapling and some currants (fruiting or flowering we don’t yet know they just grew and we haven’t got labeling together yet). I dug through the beginning of the old dump area, only took me a couple of afternoons digging, throwing rocks, possible explosives, roots and old glass, as it is the most sheltered place on the whole site. I should mention now that Chyangwens means ‘the windy place’ in Cornish, which is more than spot on. We have had maybe five or six calm days since we moved in mid july (3 and half months ago).

I also was pleased to see some little brocolli heads in our front beds! Yummy.

After the gardening we walked up to the stone circle with our neighbours, thanks for befriending us, for games and sunset watching. Can’t believe how lucky we are 🙂