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April 2014

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WOT2Grow - Your Community Orchard

It looks like Spring has arrived at the orchard. We have the first blossom, an apricot, which really makes the spirits rise and the other trees are beginning to show buds breaking. Everything is springing into life after a few days of dry sunny and much warmer weather so it won't be long before everything is green and starting to grow strongly.

Work carries on and we still have a lot of weeding to do but the soil is now just right for pulling the weeds out. Spring feeding has started and after that we will be mulching to help keep the moisture in and the weeds down. The permealay is spread and hopefully we will avoid the sawfly predation this year.

We pruned all the currants and gooseberries during a master class with our consultant John Edgeley who showed us how it should be done. This was fascinating and we all learned a lot especially the fan training of the gooseberries which had got a bit out of hand!.

The grass cutting team is gearing up and the first cut has made a big difference. The aim this year is again to attack the dandelions when they reach the optimum height for losing their heads so preventing them from seeding. A definite art!

The bee team are pleased with the state of the two hives and hopefully we will get some honey this year.

Lots of different things to do at the orchard so why not come along and find out more at one of the regular working sessions on a Wednesday at 10:00 and a Sunday at 2:00, weather permitting.

Or contact one of the team which you can find at  www.wot2grow.co.uk

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Last modified: April 02, 2014