At 10.30 am the first volunteers arrived. We intended to remove weeds round all 18 or our orchard trees, check tree health, put down some mulch, check the guards and low metal fences round the trees. we were not sure we could do all that in two hours.
Much of our small pile of mulch had been removed a few days earlier but one determined volunteer was able to sweep what remained into the wheelbarrow and all the trees got some mulch.
COMFREY FOR FRUIT TREES: Some of our trees have comfrey plants growing round them in their tree pits. These plants were intentionally planted a couple of years ago. The thinking is that comfrey, which has deep roots, will bring up nutrients into its leaves. We then cut down the leaves and chop them into the mulch so that the nutrients can feed the tree roots. Some comfrey can be very invasive, but the variety we have, Bocking 14, is non-invasive. If visitors see these large, fluffy-leaved plants they should not be concerned.
|valuable volunteers in the orchard|
At the end of two hours, we had completed all the tasks.
|Adding mulch to the tree pit|
|A happy tree|
|Cox's Orange Pippin (in foreground) in bloom|
|Lady's Smock or Cuckoo Flower in the Mayow Park orchard|