Molly-coddling the Fruit Trees

Some fruit trees have to fend for themselves, taking the soil as they find it, bracing themselves against the wind as they grow ever upwards, and then competing with undergrowth for scarce nutrients. Not ours.

Three molly-coddled fruit trees

We’d already enriched the soil with various fertilisers and some manure, and given them 5ft stakes to lean against for support. Today, to complete the molly-coddling, I nipped down between rain showers to gave each of them a collar made of weed membrane. This should prevent any weeds coming through near the base of trees, giving them exclusive access to the patch of (enriched) soil that they’re planted in.

I just hope they appreciate all this care and attention, and, when the time comes, repay us with some fruit…

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