Since we have decided to stay here on the farm, we are getting on with those things that we have wanted to do, but were not worth doing if we were only here for a short time.
First up on Country Boy’s list is the orchard. Just the name ‘orchard’ sounds amazing. I imagine the kids climbing trees and swinging from their fruit laden boughs. Possibly I read too much Enid Blyton as a child. The reality is a few years off yet, but we are keen to get the trees in over winter.
We have been researching varieties of apples and pears, and debating how much of each fruit type we need. We want to get lots of different varieties that you don’t normally see in the shop. Being a horticulturalist, Country Boy understands all the ins and outs of growing the plants, whilst I am only interested in whether the fruit is tasty and good for cooking with.
Country Boy is also working out how to fence it in so that the sheep don’t get in, and how to net it so that the birds don’t take the fruit. Turns out it is a lot more complicated than just whacking a few trees in the ground… who knew!!??
Hopefully in a few years time we will have a whole lot of fruit, to go along with the whole lot of vegetables we grow. My goodness… not sure if I will be able to cope with that!
Have you got any suggestions for fruits we just have to grow??
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