The apple trees are coming into blossom. For orchard owners it can be a nerve-wracking time. Apple trees only produce fruit if they have been properly pollinated. Good weather is an important factor. Late frosts and high winds can damage the blossom. Most fruit trees are pollinated by insects, in particular bees and hoverflies. Bees tend not to venture out if it’s too cold, too windy or too wet.
But don’t despair, although poor weather can be a problem, it only requires two or three warm days while the tree is in blossom for the insects to start foraging and for pollination to take place. Continue reading
There is a seasonal rhythm to the orchards. As the cherry and plum blossom begin to fade, the first vivid green leaves on the apple trees start to unfurl. Nestled in the middle are the nascent flower buds that with warm, sunny days will swell. Cherry and plum set the tempo for the annual blossom show, but it is the apple orchards that provide the grand finale. Continue reading
According to research about 40% of us make New Year’s resolutions, but most of us will fail to keep them beyond the first month. Here are 5 simple promises that should be easy to fulfil and will benefit our orchards and wildlife. Continue reading