Well, I have finally managed to get our new apple tree and plant it in the old dustbin that was lying around and doing nothing. With all the rain we have had lately, enough to make a new ocean, I thought the tree may never get planted. Thanks to a brief respite for about 7 nanoseconds a few days ago, we managed to get everything sorted and the tree now stands proudly in its new zinc-plated rotund home, better known as my old dustbin.
Apparently, it’s a ‘Jonathan’ variety, something which I have never heard of before. I remember growing up and we had a James Greaves apple tree in the back garden which my mother would use to make apple crumble pie. I might cut the top off it as that should make it a little bushier, well that’s what the chap said who gave us the tree.
I drilled a good few holes in the bottom of the dustbin and put some old broken clay pots in there to help with drainage. Then, following the grower’s instructions, I put in two bags of topsoil. That stuff weighs so much heavier than normal compost, I have no idea why. We planted the tree and rushed back into the house as the heavens opened up again. The wind got up too and I was initially worried that it might damage the tree. However, there was no need, all was well.
No More Rain!
All that remains is to see how the tree goes or should that be grows. I have no idea about fruit trees and I’ve been told I don’t really need to know much. I just hope it doesn’t keep raining every day until next June. There you are, that’s the final story of my trusty old dustbin. If you would like any information on ‘Jonathan Apples’ there’s some useful information here: