We've been busy on Thursdays (unless rain stopped play) keeping the Orchard trees fit and healthy. We've weeded around the base of all the trees, including the large ones, then mulched them. This feeds the trees and helps to retain moisture when its dry.
On Sunday the first ever Old Trafford Open Gardens event took place and Orchard49 was one of the open spaces within Seymour Grove allotments. It was nice to have some visitors and to help people out with questions about growing fruit.
We have some raspberries to crop following tying them into the support structure that was put up in October. If you're passing the Orchard, do take some.
The trees that we grafted at the workshop in March are doing well. About 80% of the grafts were successful - which means about 18 trees will be grown on for the plant sale in May 2016.
One of the orchard volunteers, Pete, is learning how to make films and will be making a short film about Orchard49. More on this when we know more.
Next week another group of corporate volunteers will be helping out on the orchard, and the allotment site. Let's hope the weather is kind!
A reminder - we run regular work sessions on Thursday evenings between 6.30 and 8 pm. If you'd like to come along, even if its just to have a look at how the orchard is developing you're very welcome.