save our saplings!
One of the basic principles of organic farming is to work with, rather than against, nature. For the most part this fundamental approach is the cornerstone of everything we do, but from time to time our principles can really be tested.
You may remember that we planted over 1000 apple, pear and plum trees just before Christmas. The trees have taken well and the buds that will turn into spring growth have started to form. But all is not rosy. I walked the orchard last week and noticed that every 50 trees or so had lost the ends of one or two side branches. At a glance you could easily have missed it but on closer inspection it became clear that some natural, but not so desirable forces, had been at work.
Over the course of the week the number of trees showing symptoms had gradually increased. Nothing devastating