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…. an engineer, singer and photographer living in Scotland

Raised fruit bed

Fruit Trees and Bushes – 1 May 2016

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When moving into a new build in June 2013, I had the intention to plant fruit trees and bushes. I moved a blackcurrent bush from the previous house, and bought a second bush. These were planted directly in the ground.

Blackcurrant bushes

Blackcurrant bushes
13 July 2013

However, given the clay soil and despite my best endeavours to improve the soil the bushes did not thrive, so in early 2014 I had a raised bed construction and replanted them.

My plans for fruit changed with a combination of raised beds and pot grown trees. So at the beginning of May 2016, I have four patio fruit trees, including pear, plum and apple. These are now producing leaves. Unfortunately the cherry tree I got last year did not root after planting and subsequently died.

Patio Pear Tree

Patio Pear Tree
1 May 2016

The Victoria Plum bloomed well in 2015 and produced some embryonic fruit although none matured. It has been pruned and leaves are growing.

Victoria Plum

Victoria Plum
1 May 2016

After moving to a raised bed in 2014, the blackcurrants are thriving and have produced fruit in the last two years.

Blackcurrant bush

Blackcurrant bush
1 May 2016

The raspberry canes are sprouting again this, although there was no fruit in 2015, after a small harvest in 2014. The rhubarb has thrived since planting in 2014 and another good harvest is promised this year.

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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