Planting fruits trees at PumpjackPiddlewick

The wee hours of this morning were spent trawling fruit tree sites, when I was meant to be writing. But such is the way sometimes that distraction comes along turning us from our intended plans. And yet, in being distracted, future plans have been made.

How does your garden grow?

As a first time owner of a medieval restoration garden, there is always much to do, and plan. In fact the garden has received the majority of planning, and work, since moving in (versus, restoration house). And although I’m not someone I would classify as a ’gardener’, in that I mostly wing it, there is still the recognition that gardens take some thought. After all, most of it takes time, years even, to grow.

I’m not really talking about the veg garden here – in general. Yes, there are aspects of the veg area that have and do require planning. The asparagus for certain, as one must wait a number of years before it can be harvested. So it was one of the first things planned and planted. Strawberries, too. And raspberries and currants.

With all the above mentioned, once planted they will continue to produce each year, so hence the planning. The vegetable seeds I plant annually require less thought. Just some planning on where to plant them this year.

But what about Fruit Trees?

And now I am thinking about fruit trees. Now, picture a square. The top and right sides are high stone walls. The left a lower stone wall, with fencing along top. And the bottom a covered terrace.

All the fruit trees will be planted beside a wall, or footpath edge. That is around the perimeter of the garden. The fruit trees location is planned on the basis of best location for them, eg sun and wind. As well as providing shade into the interior of the garden where most warranted come the height of summer. But also, I like my perennials around the outskirts of my garden, annuals to the centre.

Not everything works

I had planted a kiwi a couple of years ago, but it didn’t make it. A very dry summer, and as someone who is terrible at remembering to water consistently (yup, I am a too much or too little kind of gal) I half killed it. Then an early frost… well, you’re getting the picture, right? So I haven’t added kiwi to my current list of fruit trees.

Also, I tried my hand at ‘cuttings’ in past years, too. That is I cut a couple branches off my neighbours cherry tree. Then I stuck them in the ground. No, I did not have any root powder (do now), rather it was more of a let’s see what happens, nothing to lose plan. The branches went the way of a brittle death.

Choices, choices, choices

And hence, my trawling of fruit trees online. I came across flat peaches. I discovered them when living in Spain. Oh my, they are good. Seriously good. Therefore, to my mind, a must try in my garden. I know peaches aren’t as hardy as other fruit trees, so I have to simply hope it will make it.

An apple tree is de rigueur (a requirement), of course. It’s the finding of the right one though. There are so many varieties, but to my mind there is one that stands above the rest. The Ariane. You know when you bight in to that crispy juicy apple in autumn and it just screams ‘autumn apple’ flavour – that’s the Ariane.

Almonds and olives too are on the list. They require a little less taking care of, but I prefer to buy them in a slightly larger / older size, which is more of an investment. I’m not yet sure if an olive tree can be espaliered, so placement may be need some thought and planning.

What started all this online trawling this morning was watching a video on sweet chestnuts (view below). And now added to the list. But like the olive tree, I don’t know whether it can be espaliered. I do know they can also get very large. More research and planning needed.

In Memorandum

One thing I have definitely planned is naming my trees. A memory garden, if you will. I had many amazing friends help me in the past couple years, especially due to life’s changes, and I want to give them recognition. A reminder to myself how wonderful life and the people in it can be.

I already have a list of the trees and the names I wish to associate with each. The next step will be to get some little brass plaques and etch the names on them. I just can’t decide if I wish them to somehow hang on the tree, or have as a marker in the ground. Decisions, decisions.

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  1. I love figs! Send them to me! Also, you might consider ‘pèche de vigne’ which were a special kind of peach we had when we lived in Soucieu-en-Jarrest. A blood-red flesh that was absolutely wonderful, almost like a strawberry. But I’m not sure if they can grow just anywhere! I am even less of a gardener than you, but I do admire those who garden with love. Best of luck with your fruit trees!

    1. Ooooo, thank you. I will look that peche up. Never heard of it and haven’t come across it as yet on the gardening order sites, but then I didn’tknow to look for it 😀

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