Gotta L.O.V.E. springtime. Everything is sprouting, the fruit trees are looking "fabulous darling". They are covered in blossoms. The reason they look so great at the moment is because we haven't had any strong winds which normally blow off the blossoms and sometimes so strong that the wind can rip off the young leaves as well.This photo shows my plum tree *Prune d'Agen* . It is a variety of plum which is used to make prunes. The following information comes from the tag that was on the tree when I purchased it from the Garden nursery.
Name: Prune 'd'Agen
Description: Very sweet, mid to late season prune. A prolific bearer
Features: Reddish purple fruit with juicy yellow flesh. Can be self fertile but suggested pollinators are "Greengage" or "Robe de
Conditions: Plant in moist, well worked, well drained soil. Add organic matter or animal manure to improve soil fertility and structure. Build up depth of soil rather than dig into clay soils. After planting, water in well and keep moist during Summer until well established
For Best Results: Mulch annually with organic matter or compost to aid growth. Fertilise regularly. Prune in Winter by cutting back main stems or leaders by one third. Remove any diseased or damaged wood
Planting Ideas and Uses:
* Use for fresh fruit, Jam and stewing
* Excellent for drying
I use some of them as fresh fruit but most of them end up being dried. Once dry I vacuum seal them in special bags and stored in the freezer. They can stay in there for up to 3 years according to instructions on my dehydrator. I normally dry prunes, apples and apricots.