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Roundwood pergola

I made this pergola for the wedding venue at Bromwich Park recently using Douglas fir from cynynion timber

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Posted by Tom Adams on 4th June 2018, under Uncategorised


Permaculture magazine article

Here’s an article I wrote for Permaculture Magazine

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Posted by Tom Adams on 7th May 2018, under Uncategorised


Spring!

Spring flowers showing so much promise. Apple, pear, chives,poached egg plant, elaegnus…

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Posted by Tom Adams on 5th May 2018, under Uncategorised


Inarch grafting

This tree has been damaged by hungry rabbits in the winter. In order to rescue it I’ve planted two rootstocks next to it and grafted into the trunk above the damaged part. The rootstock is cut to reveal the cambium, inserted under the bark and sealed with a grafting wax.

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Posted by Tom Adams on 13th April 2018, under Uncategorised


Spring buds

Welsh Perry variety Gwehelog just starting to grow from bud grafted onto the Pyrus communis rootstock last August. The new growth has a few aphids taking some of that fresh spring sap. I’ll try my new home made ‘apichi’ pesticide on them tomorrow. It’s made from garlic, black pepper, chilli powder, ethanol, water, molasses and […]

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Posted by Tom Adams on 6th April 2018, under Uncategorised


Biochar

We recently had a go at making Biochar at the nursery. Here’s what Biochar International have to say about Biochar http://www.biochar-international.org/ Sustainable biochar is a powerfully simple tool to fight global warming. This 2,000 year-old practice converts agricultural waste into a soil enhancer that can hold carbon, boost food security, and discourage deforestation. Sustainable biochar […]

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Posted by Tom Adams on 29th March 2018, under Uncategorised


Only a few trees left…

It’s very nearly the end of the planting season and I have a limited selection of trees left. Here’s the list. Please get in touch if you’d like to order any. Apples M25 Gloucester Underleaf Landore of Aberedw (Underleaf sport) Sweeney Nonpareil Credenhill Pippin Pig yr Wydd Pig Aderyn Discovery 6 x Charles Ross M26 […]

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Posted by Tom Adams on 22nd March 2018, under Uncategorised


Mycorrhizal fungi

All the rootstocks we plant in the nursery are inoculated with mycorrhizal fungi. This kick starts a relationship between the roots and the fungal sphere in the soil. The fungus acts as an extension to the root system, enabling a greater reach for nutrients and moisture. This ensures the trees bought from me already have […]

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Posted by Tom Adams on 22nd March 2018, under Uncategorised


Trees ready for collection…

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Posted by Tom Adams on 23rd February 2018, under Uncategorised


Hazel catkins in the sunshine

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Posted by Tom Adams on 3rd February 2018, under Uncategorised


Rootstocks

820 rootstocks heeled in ready for planting

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Posted by Tom Adams on 29th January 2018, under Uncategorised


Traditional orchards as wildlife habitats

In amongst a couple of old apple trees today I’ve found these beautiful mushrooms, honey combs from bees nesting in a large hollow trunk and some bird nests. This is why traditional orchards are such an important habitat, especially on farms where there is regularly a serious lack of wildlife.

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Posted by Tom Adams on 24th January 2018, under Uncategorised