Tree Following April 2017 Part 9.
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Internet issues have made this blog fashionably late.
My apple Tree James Grieve is showing signs of life.
I’m delighted to see lots of new growth all over the tree, I’m even more delighted to see lots of flower buds. As you know, each bud is a potential flower, which in turn should be, all being well, a fruit.
We have had quite a dry Spring so far, so I have been giving the Apple Tree a few drinks with the watering can on warm days, I’ve also managed to
obtain pinch some home-made compost and I have applied a liberal amount around the base of the tree in order to keep the moisture in, and to try to not get a repeat of last years problems with Bitter Pit, which I identified in my October tree following update. I found it was caused by Calcium Deficiency which in turn is caused by too dry a soil.
So far so good with the prospect of potential apples, my James Grieve will use pollen from my neighbours Bramley Apple tree, that’s if the Bees get their act together and can sufficiently pollinate all my flowers.
I’m expecting a good crop and no late frosts.
Until next time….
Did you spot the cat…..?