I went to the local garden centre yesterday as I’ve been wanting some fruit trees for a while to add to my permaculture/perennial garden. I have been trying to get hold of some local variets of apple tree but it’s been hard trying to track down where to get them from and I can’t wait any longer. I will still try and get some as I want to create an espallier wall at my mothers as she has the room.
After spending too long looking at each tree I decided on Malus domestica ‘Jupiter’ or ‘an apple tree’! It’s on a MM106 rootstock which is a little large for my garden but I’ll just keep it heavily pruned. I decided on this instead of the M27 that I was after simply because it looked the most healthy and had a good shape and amount of branches. More branches = more apples. It ripens in October so should be reay for my birthday and be a little addition to my cider enterprise. Oh and it cost £18.99.
I now just need to find a place to put it. I will try it infront of the summer house as even though directly infront of it there is a lot of shade, it’s tall enough to have it’s branches in the sun, if you get what I mean.
If it works it will mean that that area will be productice as at the moment it’s just used to store stuff or rubbish through the year.
Also like when you are in any shop I ended up with more than I went in for. I also bought three blueberry bushes,for £14.99 an early, middle and late. In theory that means fruit from July to September. I think I’ll try and grow these in pots but I’m new to fruit growing. I’m still waiting for a decent crop of Black currents after three years although the goseberries were brilliant last year but I guess that wasthe weather.