Hello and welcome to the farm newsletter.
The new pear orchard has been mulched since our last newsletter. We have used compost with this new orchard rather than the more traditional mulch of chopped straw. The compost not only provides nutrients for the trees, meaning less fertiliser, but will also help keep in more moisture and encourage the worms. Trials held at Faversham showed that after 3 years the worms could drag the mulch up to 3 feet down into the soil! This will also help with aeration and drainage for the root zone of the trees.
The apple crop looks to be slightly over average this season, we have received a small amount of hail damage from the thunderstorms of a couple of weeks ago, but nothing major.
The plums, greengages and damsons don't look quite so happy this year, there was a profusion of blossom, but once it was fully out the weather turned cold and damp, preventing a full set. On the plus side the size should be good this year!
The apples have finished for the season now, but strawberries and raspberries have begun and cherries won't be far away, probably another 4 - 5 weeks depending on the weather.
Thanks for reading, see you next time.