When I visited a retired primary school teacher passionate about pear trees last week, I didn’t expect to find a hundred fruit trees so high up in the hills, on the remains of the largest volcano in Europe.
Removing excess fruit from apple and pear trees allows for a more consistent production, bigger and better fruit. It is carried out by gardeners who wish to intervene beyond the tree’s natural ways of doing it, and should be done on younger trees.
Here are pictures of other pollinators, to reinforce my last post about the diversity of species that can be found in our gardens. The photos are also of better quality, even if taken with a compact camera.
Two important elements for the success of a local fruit initiative: have a property where own fruit trees can be taken care of, and a community effort. Two articles in yesterday’s Wimbledon Guardian illustrated this perfectly.
Here is the story of the pear and raspberry jam I donated to St Barnabas’ church for sale at their Christmas fair today, and its recipe. Not the best in my view though, I prefer the pear and lemon I made for Abundance.Continue reading →