Orchard


The space between the trees is not just space (although that’s important so that they have room to spread!). It usually gets filled with grass and weeds (unless you let animals in the orchard, which we don’t).  What we have tried to do is to encourage a wildflower meadow which […]

The space between the trees


We seem to have had an astonishingly long spell (for Cumbria) of dry hot weather. The grass has almost stopped growing and even the trees are struggling. While the dozen or so young trees in the orchard have been cossetted by watering cans, the established trees have had to fend […]

Parched earth


Blossom
Late May is a glorious time in the orchard, with the blossom in full bloom and (often) sunny dry and warm weather. Owing to the cold spring, the blossom came pretty much at the same time. It was all out and looking beautiful for the visit by North Cumbria Orchard […]

Mosser in May



After last week’s snow, it is to be hoped that the winter is now behind us and we can look forward to a sunny, warm and blossomful spring. In fact, here at Mosser, while we had less snow than most, we had the added excitement of an earthquake to herald […]

Winter report 2017/18



May is always one of the best times in the orchard, as the weather turns warmer and the blossom comes out. In fact, this year everything is a bit early and the earliest blossom is already out. In the orchard at Mosser, the first variety to bloom is usually Golden Spire (otherwise […]

Blossom time



The winter is a fairly quiet time in the orchard and cider barn – just the winter pruning to do and the last of the cider to make. However, this year the pruning was more of a task because I missed doing it last year. That means this year’s pruning […]

Spring has sprung?


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