First task was to renew some of the trees guards on the fruit trees and some of the "woodland" (natural British ones) in our embryo copse at te end of the field.
These curly plastic things are a pain to squeeze on between the supporting stakes and removing the grease bands was sticky job too. I don't think we are going to get much tree fruit this year as the blossom came when it was cold and windy but we continue to care and nurture the trees.
Luckily the Tay berry is doing well on its own. It is the most prickly thing ever and it was too hot to put on protective clothing.
The thornless blackberry is doing really well.Strong lateral growth and lots of fruiting spurs.
I spent about an hour netting the blueberries using light wood and bamboo to make a frame able to stand up in our windy plot. I tie the net on to the frame with string and firmly catch the bottom with metal hoops. Not a great deal of fruit on these but what there is does need protection.
Not everything is going well. There has been a big drop off of gooseberries. This is quite usual but there does seem to be a lot. I am not sure if I should not blame this young pheasant that has been hanging about the last few weeks - It scratches big holes and pecks at everything.
The blackcurrants have lots of fruit but terrible aphids. There are lots of ladybirds about so we will let the fruit ripen and then prune and spray later.
The blackberry and raspberry canes are full of flowers and bees. We recently noticed the bird box in the front garden where it is sheltered is not inhabited by Blue or Great Tits but by bees!
Luckily it is well out of the way and will not be a nuisance until later in the summer when the hedge will need a trim.
Well, it was nice break playing with the fruit but we are installing another raised bed in the flower garden near the house and that means at least wheel barrows of top soil to be moved.