Our New Apple Tree

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.

Jonathan

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.

Holes

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:

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55 Comments
  • SueW
    August 4, 2023

    We once planted four fruit trees, but all that happened was our pet goat, who lived with two grown-up pet lambs, ate the bark, so my husband dug them up.
    Victoria has just planted new trees; I wanted her to plant an apple tree, but unfortunately, she chose not.
    I hope your tree does well. πŸ™‚

    • Trev
      August 4, 2023

      Thank you, Sue. 😊

    • My Avethandwa
      December 14, 2023

      Mybe we must stick to growing plants- they love meπŸ§šβ€β™‚οΈ

  • christinenovalarue
    August 4, 2023

    ❣️

    • Trev
      August 4, 2023

      Thank you, Christine 😊

  • derrickjknight
    August 4, 2023

    Good luck with it

    • Trev
      August 4, 2023

      Thank you, Derrick 😊

  • Happy apple growing, Trev!

    • Trev
      August 4, 2023

      Thank you. 😊

  • Peter's pondering
    August 4, 2023

    May you have many delicious apple pies to come!

    • Trev
      August 4, 2023

      Thank you, Peter. 😊

  • June Lorraine Roberts
    August 4, 2023

    Congrats on finally getting a break in the weather πŸ™‚

    • Trev
      August 5, 2023

      Thank you, June, albeit a brief one. 😊

  • SusanR
    August 4, 2023

    I’ve never heard of James Greaves apples, but Jonathans are tasty. It would be quite a treat to have them right there in your own yard.

    • Trev
      August 5, 2023

      I’m looking forward to them, Susan. Thank you 😊

  • Hope
    August 4, 2023

    Hi Trev, tree looks good. I know you & your lovely wife Debbie have “green thumbs” for growing everything you two touch. Just let me know when the apples are ready for picking.

    • Trev
      August 5, 2023

      Thank you, Hope. I certainly will let you know. 😊

  • Herb
    August 4, 2023

    I can remember as a boy that people would complain that there were only Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples at the grocery store. After a while there started to be a much wider variety available. Jonathans are pretty popular, but my wife likes Galas. Good luck on your tree!

    • Trev
      August 5, 2023

      Thank you, Herb. Granny Smith is still popular here. 😊

  • Carolyn
    August 4, 2023

    I know nothing about fruit trees and not much about apples. Granny Smith’s I think were tart. Mum likes Cox’s oranges (why call an apple an orange?) We have Golden Delicious which often aren’t. I prefer pear or at this time of year peaches and nectarine. In my previous garden I discovered a plum tree which bore good fruit when the birds didn’t get there first and a grapevine, ditto. Never had any idea what to do for them so just let them get on with it. Best wishes to your Jonathan!

    • Trev
      August 5, 2023

      Thank you, Carolyn. Yes, strange name for an Apple, Cox’s oranges. Enough to confuse anyone. 😊

  • Rosaliene Bacchus
    August 4, 2023

    Trev, so glad to see that your trusty old dustbin is now home to an apple tree. May their friendship bear much fruit πŸ˜€

    • Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
      August 4, 2023

      I hope you have lots of sweet-smelling apple blossoms and lots of delicious crumble pie, Trev! <3

      • Trev
        August 5, 2023

        Thank you, Cheryl. 😊

    • Trev
      August 5, 2023

      Thank you as always, Rosaliene. That’s very kind of you. 😊

  • Jim Flanigan
    August 5, 2023

    See, it was vital to hold onto the old dustbin.

    • Trev
      August 5, 2023

      You’re right, Jim. It certainly has made it’s place as a valuable member of the garden. Thank you 😊

  • Lauren
    August 5, 2023

    Enjoy the fruits of your labor.

    • Trev
      August 5, 2023

      Thank you, Lauren. 😊

  • mitchteemley
    August 6, 2023

    Wishing you well with your tree friend Jonathan, Trev. I planted two apple trees last year (too far into the summer, I fear), and lavished all the tree-love I had on them, but they gave up the ghost, or, well, chlorophyll.

    • Trev
      August 6, 2023

      Thank you, Mitch. Sorry to hear that your trees didn’t make it. 😊

  • Song of the Heart
    August 6, 2023

    Your little note of introduction has successfully made me laugh. I like it. Your mission is accomplished. 😊

    • Trev
      August 8, 2023

      Thank you, I appreciate your kind words. πŸ™‚

  • Bom trabalho

    • Trev
      August 10, 2023

      Thank you 😊

  • Lisa Orchard
    August 13, 2023

    How very cool that you planted an apple tree! I can’t wait to hear about your harvest when you have one!

    • Trev
      August 14, 2023

      Thank you, Lisa. I’m looking forward to it producing some delicious apples. 😊

  • candidkay
    August 14, 2023

    Love the repurposing of the trash bin! Circular economy at its best:). And I grew up eating some Jonathan apples–I remember them having some tartness and my mom using them for apple pies.

    • Trev
      August 14, 2023

      Thank you. Ooh, apple pies, there’s something to look forward to. 😊

  • Cecilia Mary Gunther
    August 26, 2023

    Dustbin it not – planting a tree is a gift!! Hopefully you will be eating crumble in. Few years!!

    • Trev
      August 28, 2023

      Thank you, Cecilia. I hope so too. 😊

  • πŸ™‚

    • Trev
      September 29, 2023

      Thank you 😊

  • #hhhigh
    September 22, 2023

    Mission accomplished- now wait for the fruit 🍎- share once you are picking up the Red gorgeous apple 🍎:)

    • Trev
      September 23, 2023

      Thank you and I will. 😊

  • Cool πŸ™‚

    • Trev
      October 9, 2023

      Thank you😊

  • TasView (Tone)
    November 1, 2023

    I hope you get some lovely juicy apples from your tree in a year or two, I’ve never had any luck, they usually destroyed by possums πŸ™ I clearly have no idea about fruit trees either. It’s supposed to be summer here in Tasmania, it snowed a little in the morning on Monday … and Tuesday, but it was also sunny at the same time and not too cold. Today was finally lovely and the wind we’ve had for weeks dropped out. Weird. Have a great day!

    • Trev
      November 6, 2023

      Thank you for your kind comments. We had an appalling summer too, non stop rain apart from a brief respite in June. πŸ™‚

    • My Avethandwa
      December 14, 2023

      Where is Tasmania?(asking from South AfricaπŸ€”).
      Was just tellin the author of this article; RSA weather is tropical, with sunny days mostly on the KZN(kwazulu Natal), but the apple just don’t grow

      • Trev
        December 14, 2023

        Tasmania is off the coast of Australia, I think. 😊

  • Armann and Kaymann
    November 10, 2023

    How is your Apple tree?

    • Trev
      November 10, 2023

      It seems ok, thank you. It’s heading towards its first winter and so far it is still looking healthy. Thank you for asking. πŸ™‚

  • My Avethandwa
    December 14, 2023

    Our apple tree at home is about 10 years old now; but, the apples it produce are like disabled πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

    • Trev
      December 14, 2023

      Ok 😊