We always planned an orchard as part of the dream and as this is the ideal time to plant fruit trees (November – March) we decided to bite the bullet and invest in some mature trees. After a friend had recommended the Leckford Estate Nursery nr Stockbridge we went to check it out and found they had a 10% promotion on everything !! We managed to save £25 on the bill … which we used to buy some fertilizer to give the trees the best possible start.
After several days of research we decided on the usual Apples, Pears, Plums and a Peach or Nectarine just to see if we can manage to produce a crop using the Poly Tunnel.
We had planned to add a Lemon tree to the collection but they need a constant temperature between 5 & 10 degrees which we’re not able to provide, so decided against it.
After a short lesson in selecting varieties we settled on the following varieties:
Red Devil, James Grieve, Cox Orange Pippin, Discovery and a Bramley as we plan to remove our existing Bramley tree due to the build.
Plan to get a Victoria but Leckford had sold out … we’ll pick on up from somewhere.
Plan to put them all in this weekend but as yet haven’t decided exactly where and how, but should have some pics to post over the weekend of what will eventually become the Peach Grove Orchard!
More later …