Posts Tagged ‘Pear’

Dwarf Orchard

March 22, 2016

Despite having only a limited amount of space I still want to have a small orchard. My needs have changed and being a single person with grown children means I only need small quantities of a range of fruits. In an attempt to satisfy the desire for fresh fruit I am establishing an orchard of dwarfed fruit trees.

Dwarf Orchard

This is the area devoted to the Dwarf Orchard. In the background is an established orange tree while to the right is a wood fired pizza oven.

This area was initially overgrown with various shrubs and creepers making a green massed jungle. I want to have as many areas productive as possible so the rabble was removed and this is the area I will plant. Before planting I will install the edge boards and the irrigation system ready for planting when we get a cool patch of weather. May have to wait a couple of months before that happens.

Well the weather remains warm to hot but the nights are cooler now and with work progressing every morning and night we eventually have something to show for it.

Garden Edging installed around the dwarf orchard on the southern side.

Garden Edging installed around the dwarf orchard on the southern side.

Edging installed around the orchard on the eastern side.

Edging installed around the orchard on the eastern side.

The edging is to help keep the paths clear because the blackbirds scratch any mulch onto the paths. These borders should stop them and help with any drainage.

After the edging I top dressed the area with premium compost that I purchased from Peninsula Nursery. I then set about sorting the rest of the soil and spent many hours digging out dead roots from plants that had been taken out over the past few weeks. With compost incorporated into the topsoil it only remained to plant the trees I had saved for this area.

Potted trees in position for final planting in the dwarf orchard.

Potted trees in position for the final planting in the dwarf orchard.

Potted trees in position for final planting in the dwarf orchard.

Potted trees in position for the final planting in the dwarf orchard.

Each hole for these trees were dug to the depth of the pot but twice as wide. Into the soil removed I incorporated some premium compost into the soil and back filled then watered each tree in well.

Still to come is the irrigation system which will be a micro spray system that will water the entire zone so that planned inter-plantings of flowering bulbs will be watered at the same time. Trees will be kept small and this will ensure the roots don’t compete too much.

After the irrigation is completed and bulbs planted the entire area will be mulched with bark or chips to help with weed control and moisture conservation. I will post the remaining work as an update to this post rather than holding this article back.

 

Last Chance Pear in Kiosk Yard

August 24, 2010

I have always loved pears, especially with custard or ice cream so I have tried to grow them for years but with very little success. Fifteen years ago we planted a pear tree in the Kiosk Chook Yard alongside a cross pollinator. The cross pollinator died quickly but this one Beurre Bosc survived and did produce a few pears. Things were looking rosy. I suspect they were pollinated by my neighbour’s pear tree. However, as time passed the tree became unthrifty and generally did poorly and produced very few fruit. Each summer it was terribly burnt and the bark on the North Side was severely affected as were the leaves on the same side. On the shaded side things looked better. I am sure that the highly alkaline soil is causing this by locking up nutrients and trace elements.

In a last ditch attempt I have pruned radically to a strong branch just above the original graft and we shall see if the can reinvigorate the tree. I will add a fair amount of Worm Wee from my own worm farm and some extra trace elements to give a boost.

Pear Tree straggling along in the Kiosk Yard. Pruned hard to give it one last chance.

If I get the opportunity I may protect the sappy new growth with a suitable shaded tree guard to see if that minimises burning during summer.

Pear Tree Twin Grafted 17th July 2010

August 6, 2010

Double grafted Pear tree (varieties unknown at this time) of 2 cross pollinating pears. Have set fruit in the past but not had enough water to develop the fruit. Pruned for fruit and shape.

Pear Tree Double grafted after pruning 17th July 2010


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