The humble apple tree is one of the highlights of autumn in the garden. Twisting a ripe fruit away from a branch on a misty morning, surrounded by the faded glory of the summer flowers in your garden still gamely hanging on, is a beautiful moment. Apples are perhaps the most complex of garden fruits, with a mouthwatering array of flavours and textures that can be enjoyed if you grow your own.
While the workaday varieties ‘Gala’ and ‘Braeburn’ are the supermarket staples, the garden can be home to some more intriguing fruits, such as the orange-flushed, soft flesh of dual purpose (cooker and eater) ‘Blenheim Orange’ or the surely unsurpassed (in my humble opinion!) nutty, fragrant, rough-skinned eating apple ‘Egremont Russet’. Of course not every garden has room for a monster ‘Bramley’s Seedling’ tree that requires ladders and buckets to gather in the harvest but even a balcony can house a tree or two if you train the trees and choose ones that are grown on dwarfing rootstocks.
More apple advice:
Raymond Blanc’s favourite apple varieties
How to plant an apple tree
How to store apples
Three ways to train fruit trees
Planting a bare root apple tree
By far the best way of planting is to plant fresh, bare-root trees. These are young trees that have been grown in a field, lifted up when the plant is dormant and kept in cold storage before being sent to gardeners. Some nurseries even leave them in the ground and dig them up ‘to order’ so they are super-fresh. Growing bare-root trees and planting in winter gives them months to settle into the soil before the weather warms up. There is also no danger of the plant being ‘pot-bound’, when the roots of potted trees wind around the pot and may struggle to branch out again after
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If your garden in spring has the welcome sight of loud and colourful tulips brightening the place up, then it can feel like an exciting place to be again after the inevitable dull, wet moments of winter. For me, the main feeling is relief. Relief that I actually remembered to plant some. Bulb planting in autumn is one of those jobs that we can have in our minds to do, then before you know it it’s a last minute scramble to find the last bag in the shop, hidden away in a corner to make way for inflatable snowmen and reindeer stuffed to the gunnels with LEDs.
I have no doubt mentioned a number of times that I have been very lax in supporting my dahlias this year, inevitably resulting in a number of casualties. By way of excuse, I have been awaiting a supply of stakes from a friend whose husband coppices for a local farmer, stakes cut a number of months ago apparently, waiting in their garage and on the point of being dropped off here any time now – or at least that was my friend’s intention! At least if I receive them soon they will be ready for next year and I can have them in place when the tubers are first planted out again, as is probably recommended by professional growers!
From squiggly furniture to blob-shaped rugs, it’s clear that curves are making a comeback in design. Bubble houses in particular have been, and continue to be, a fascination when it comes to architecture.
Your snake plant, the way of your dreams. Learn about snake plants and their drainage options. No more holes, no more worries, just happy, healthy plants. Is that true? Do Snake Plants Need Drainage Holes? And how can you care for these tough beauties in different potting systems? Read on to find out.
Lucky bamboo is immensely popular for its rich cultural significance and low-maintenance nature. According to Feng Shui, it invites luck and happiness to the owner. If you too want to add to your houseplant collection, try these Famous Lucky Bamboo Styles & Varieties.
You may finally be ready to update your home whether it's trying a new paint color or swapping out your current light fixture. However, there are some fundamental things that designers, architects, or renovators want you to keep in mind before beginning a home remodeling project, so you don't end up unhappy or unsatisfied with the new remodel.
Dryers are a convenient staple in most modern homes for a good reason. They make drying our clothes and household linens easy. However, not all items can withstand the heat and tumbling of a dryer. Delicate fabrics can be damaged, rubber can melt, and structured items like bras and swimwear can warp or shrink. Instead, air-dry these types of items on an indoor drying rack or an old-fashioned outdoor clothesline. Here are eight things you should never put in the dryer.
There’s a new interior design trend in town, and it may be one of the coziest yet. Marshmallow decor is taking the internet by storm, and we’re not talking about the sweet treat. This aesthetic is characterized by plush, overstuffed, and (often) white couches, ottomans, and lounge chairs paired with sleek and modern furnishings. The result is chic, cozy, and effortlessly luxurious—like you stepped into your favorite spa or luxury hotel.
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