Updates from the hills of Tuscany, a restored farmhouse in Chianti, midway between Florence and Siena. We write about local history and culture, life in Tuscany, the seasonal changes, pleasures of the garden and country kitchen, local stories and encounters with wildlife.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Feeding time in the orchard
Feeding the Trees
This is the time when you must feed the trees, before the growing season starts again. Last year and this I have supplemented my organic feed (compost and manure) with something stronger, called simply 'Gold' here.
"Complete feed in every granule" so they say. It seems to work well.
Our fruit trees were sorely in need of extra help because our soil is stony and poor, winters harsh and summers hot.
I feel like Florence Nightingale, wandering around the wards, offering succour to my ailing charges.
Now I trust their roots will stir and strengthen as they benefit from this extra care. Actually, the trees look happier already!
The next treatment will be copper sulphate and lime (bordeaux mixture) which I will spray on them, to ward off weevils, bugs and parasites.
early morning light
Responding to Explicit's comment below, (re bordeaux paste painted with a brush onto just the trunk of the
fruit tree...): an excellent idea but what about the airborne bugs? In any case Explicit has kindly sent a photograph of this rather striking experiment. The trees are daubed in woad, like the Picts of old, ready to face Caesar and all other invaders. This reminds me of the much-beloved nectarine tree in Panzano which for a large part of the year is a glorious bright blue...