Monthly Archives: December 2016


For those unfamiliar with craft cider and perry, I thought it would be helpful to write down a few thoughts on tasting. Firstly, it is important to remember that craft cider and perry is 100% juice (or very nearly) and so has a lot more flavour than is to be […]

Tasting notes for craft cider


My birthday today, and as a present I received 1kg of wildflower seed. In anticipation, I had cut the orchard grass very short, exposing some bare patches, so I hope the seed germinates OK next year. The seed mixture was EM3F from Emorsgate (wildseed.co.uk) and follows on from sowing the […]

Sowing the orchard meadow


Looking after fruit trees is one thing, but thought also needs to be given to the space between them. Should you just let the grass and weeds grow, apply weedkiller, mow regularly, or what? After trying a few things, we have settled on an approach which encourages wildflowers and discourages […]

Orchard Floor Management