Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Meet 'Ingrid' ... and her friends.


Meet Ingrid one of our new Almond trees.


We have two 'Ingrids' in total and joining them at the far corner of the paddock are two Sweet Chestnuts called 'Maron de Lyon' and four Walnut trees, two are 'Fernors' and two are 'Fernettes'.

So those of you who guess trees were in our strange looking parcels were correct.


The huge messy heap is all the nettle roots that we dug out of this area before the trees went in, I'm sure we missed lots of them but we got out as many as we could.

Hopefully in the next few years we will have a good selection of nuts to join the fruits and vegetables that we will be growing, and to compliment Cob nuts, which are a type of Hazelnut, that we already have growing in the hedgerows on our land.

One step closer to our little bit of self sufficiency :-)

Sue xx


13 comments:

  1. Home grown nuts, how lovely. Do you get much of a problem with squirrels? We had a cob nut in the last house that we let grow in the hedge, but the squirrels had every last one, and long before there was any nut to eat too

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    1. Yes we get lots of squirrels, I see an ongoing battle to harvest before they do, but I'll play fair and leave them a good share :-)

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  2. I would have never guessed trees. Is it cheaper to have them mailed than going to a nursery to buy them?

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    1. Nut trees of this age and type aren't cheap so not many nurseries stock them, the only way to get them was like this as bare rooted and virtual bare-rooted mature trees on good root stock.

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  3. Sue, so funny that you have named your tree. I hope you have lots of almonds, or is it ornamental? We bought and installed a tree last year that is doing wonderfully, growing really fast. It's a Chinese Pistachio....no nuts!

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    1. Lol .... I'm not that daft. 'Ingrid' is the species of Almond tree these two are.

      And no none of the trees are ornamental, everything we have planted except the oak and birch are there to produce fruits or nuts for us to eat.

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  4. I've had enough trees delivered to recognise them, lol. That's a great collection to plant. I planted so many trees back in my last garden, fruit, natives, ornamentals. I miss them all. Hopefully once I get my own garden again there will be lots of space for trees. I think if you can do one good thing for nature and the planet it is plant as many trees as possible.

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    1. I couldn't agree more. Even though some of the trees we've planted will never be truly magnificent in our lifetime, they will be one day, and hopefully will make this little corner of Welsh hillside even more lovely to look at and more abundant for the wildlife.

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    2. Absolutely, I've always planted for my kids and theirs, I will never see the trees to their full glory, but it's nice to know we contributed something :)

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  5. How long from the time they are planted can you expect a yield? I'm curious as I know nothing about these trees.

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    1. Hopefully within three years,

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  6. I think bare rooted trees are much better than pot grown. They seem to get away faster. Good luck with the nut trees. My friend has what she grandly calls an arboretum in her field. Lots of lovely trees with a couple of walnuts too. I hope yours grow well.

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  7. Arboretum, yes perhaps that's a bit grand for our little tree corner, we've nicknamed it 'Nut-bush City Limits' ;-)

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