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New nursery site

We have now bought 6.5 acres of south facing pasture land on which we will move the nursery to over the next few years. These photos were taken this June in the middle of the dry spell we had. It has now greened up nicely since the rains. Plans for the new site include obtaining …

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Posted by Tom Adams on 27th August 2018, under Uncategorised


Certificate on Community Orcharding

The Orchard Project have been running a certified course in community orcharding over the last two years. I’ve been teaching the summer pruning and grafting part. Saturday’s session at Audley End was the fourth course and this time the summer pruning was brilliantly taught by Gemma Sturges. The photos show espaliers being pruned by students …

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Posted by Tom Adams on 27th August 2018, under Uncategorised


Ramial Chipped Wood

We’re using willow wood chip as a mulch for the nursery and orchard. The willow is growing in a corner of the nursery, split into two sections and coppiced on a two year cycle. This ensures we get fresh chip every year and there is also lots of flowers every spring as an early source …

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Posted by Tom Adams on 13th August 2018, under Uncategorised


Grafting

We’ve begun chip budding apples in the nursery

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Posted by Tom Adams on 23rd July 2018, under Uncategorised


Bio fertiliser

Just made the first batch of bio fertiliser for spraying the trees in the nursery and orchard.

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Posted by Tom Adams on 16th July 2018, under Uncategorised


Sugar Plums

These sweet hedgerow plums were found growing near Oswestry and are known locally as sugar plums. I will be grafting them onto plum rootstocks next week and trees will be ready for sale a year in November

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Posted by Tom Adams on 8th July 2018, under Uncategorised


Making rainbows…

Spraying the nursery trees with garlic oil and seaweed extract to help boost the trees immune system, increase photosynthesis levels and as a pest deterrent

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Posted by Tom Adams on 28th June 2018, under Uncategorised


Roundwood pergola

I made this pergola for the wedding venue at Bromwich Park recently using Douglas fir from cynynion timber

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Posted by Tom Adams on 4th June 2018, under Uncategorised


Permaculture magazine article

Here’s an article I wrote for Permaculture Magazine

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Posted by Tom Adams on 7th May 2018, under Uncategorised


Spring!

Spring flowers showing so much promise. Apple, pear, chives,poached egg plant, elaegnus…

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Posted by Tom Adams on 5th May 2018, under Uncategorised


Inarch grafting

This tree has been damaged by hungry rabbits in the winter. In order to rescue it I’ve planted two rootstocks next to it and grafted into the trunk above the damaged part. The rootstock is cut to reveal the cambium, inserted under the bark and sealed with a grafting wax.

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Posted by Tom Adams on 13th April 2018, under Uncategorised


Spring buds

Welsh Perry variety Gwehelog just starting to grow from bud grafted onto the Pyrus communis rootstock last August. The new growth has a few aphids taking some of that fresh spring sap. I’ll try my new home made ‘apichi’ pesticide on them tomorrow. It’s made from garlic, black pepper, chilli powder, ethanol, water, molasses and …

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Posted by Tom Adams on 6th April 2018, under Uncategorised