Fruit and nut tree planting in progress

I like to think that every volunteer deserves a tree. Note some of the techniques used including stone mulches and sponge holes. I plant with a view to creating shade for more species in the future. I tend to find that apricots are the most successful whilst kakis are difficult to establish. Figs are best planted from pots whilst in terms of grafting I have had success with plums on naturally reproducing almonds. Note here the planting of the kiwi recently, a male and a female. Likewise nuts are a vital part of the landscape and I have recently planted walnut and sweet chestnut with a view to pistachios. The video of the Japanese loquat explains something of our pollination requirements. And recently another kiwi with grafted male and female stems looks set to take full advantage of ongoing irrigation throughout the year. The reality though is very different. A missed watering schedule just for one week will kill or severely cause die-back, and thus the system in summer depends on my presence until I get the huge water cistern built. Added to this is a drought which is really setting in, some years not seeing rain for much of 8 months, and then it is extreme. I have decided that I prefer small plants and not these huge specimens you buy at the garden center that would require excessive amounts of water to get them established. When I do buy them I now cut them back and use the material for propagation with some success.

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