How to grow an orchard in your back garden – part 2

So, the fruity twiglets are taking root and the cherry twig is starting to bud, which is good news, they are clearly settling in well.Whilst out and about shopping (not for garden related things) I happened upon some Blackcurrant shrubs for a bargain £1.97 each at Costco, so our garden is now the proud recipent of two of these bushes – I’m growing one in a pot and one has been planted in the border to add some greenery, so we’ll see which one does best, a kind of fruit-bush growing experiment if you will.

Blackcurrant bush

Another exciting growing experiment – Toddler and I planted some Cherry Tomato seeds – some into make shift plant pots (empty loo rolls cut in half!) plus a teeny little terracotta pot I found in the garage. The loo-roll pots are now in a seed tray with a cover to stop them getting cold. On a roll, I then found a cute little Tomato plant for less than £1.50 in Wilkinsons, so Toddler now has several Tomato seeds germinating and a Tomato plant growing in a pot.

Tomato seeds planted in compost in loo roll pots!

Tomato seeds planted in compost in loo roll pots!

Little tomato plant

Little tomato plant

Toddler loved sowing the seeds, using his tiny trowel to add the compost before sprinking the seeds; we also planted one for his friend M. Hopefully one of them will produce something – I’m always a bit wary of sowing seeds, never having had much luck with growing anything from scratch.

All we need now is some sunshine, and hopefully we’ll have a fruit salad on our plates before too long.

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