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Chemical content of Composts – June 2022

As part of my upgarding of the nursery, we decided to investigate alternatives to ‘normal’ compost. Whilst most compost suppliers do not add a chemical content breakdown on the bags, they may well give a PH value. Which is usefull … Continue reading

Selection of Furry Fruit (Unripe ) – Mid June 2022

If the weather keeps up, and we have warm rain, it is looking like its going to be good year for Peaches, Almonds and Apricots. These are just a few of the varieties that we grow in an open field, … Continue reading

Preston Hall, Pathhead, Midlothian Fig Collection supplied by gb-online.co.uk

The following varieties of figs were supplied over a 3 year period. The intention of Kate Danesh the Senior Gardener at Preston Hall Pathhead Midlothian EH37 5UG www.prestonhall.co.uk is to create espaliers on a hot south facing outdoor wall in … Continue reading

Soil Analaysis, Chemical content and Trace Elements – November 2021

All my soil gets sampled and sent away for a chemical analysis and report. Continue reading

Radipole Community Orchard, Weymouth, Dorset – October 2021

One of the first orchards we have been too in the Weymouth area of Dorset. Please have a look at the official website. We are at Radipole Community Orchard, Weymouth, Dorset – October 2021, sometimes called Denis Williams Community Orchard. … Continue reading

Jubilee Green Orchard Community Orchard, Bridport, Dorset – October 2021

Very hard to find this orchard, as not sign posted. We did not know what we were looking for. As there was only a small amount of trees. Here we are at Jubilee Green Orchard Community Orchard, Bridport, Dorset. Have … Continue reading

St Mary’s Church Field Community Orchard, Bridport, Dorset – October 2021

One of the first orchards we have been too, that sign posts it from off the main road. Nice touch. Please have a look at the official website. We are at St Mary’s Church Field Community Orchard, Bridport, Dorset – … Continue reading

Fig – Too Big for its Pants – Its a Big Fig

We have a fig tree that really got to big in its location. It was only a little plant when put in, but 3 years later we decided to move it. It had been sat on the garden soil for … Continue reading

Plant Health Inspection by APHA July 2021

Today the 7th July 2021 was the first inspection of the year by our (UK’s) APHA or Animal and Plant Health Agency. It was a special sort of day, as our inspector was undecided on the leaf and stalk of … Continue reading

Pear


Pear (Pyrus communis)

It is hardy to zone 4, and it is in flower from Apr to May. The flowers are pollinated by Insects. The plant is not self-fertile.

The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked. The flavour ranges from rather harsh and astringent (cultivars used for making alcoholic drinks ie Perry) through to soft, sweet and very juicy. The best dessert fruits have an exquisite sweet flavour, usually with a very soft flesh, whilst cooking varieties have harder less sweet flesh.

Prefers a good well-drained loam in full sun. Grows well in heavy clay soils. There are many named varieties that can provide fruit from late July to April or May of the following year.


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