How To Choose The Best Apple Tree For Your Garden
If you’re looking around and seeing bushes and trees weighed down by their autumn fruits at the moment you certainly aren’t alone. That might be inspiring you to plant a fruiting tree or two in your own garden, but where do you start?
Apple trees are an excellent choice because they’re native to the UK and will often bear a good crop of fruit. But there is a vast array of apple types that you can grow, so how do you choose one to suit your tastes?
The Telegraph recently offered some advice on how to select a fruit tree for your garden: Start by visiting an orchard.
Now is the perfect time to do so as apples and other crops such as pears and figs are also ripening at this time of year. The key is to taste some of the fruits you could grow – and to make a note of the variety (or varieties) you’re most taken with.
There are four RHS gardens in the UK, each of which will be running its own Taste of Autumn event in the coming weeks, when you can sample produce and meet the growers to get some advice.
Don’t worry that you need to rush to get a tree in the ground either, as the newspaper notes that bare root planting season doesn’t begin until November. If your aim is to transform your space this autumn and winter, make sure you talk to the experts doing your Oxford landscaping about your plans for fruit trees.
If you’re concerned that you’ll end up with so much fruit you don’t have a use for it all, it could be worth seeing if any local businesses could use them.
In Perthshire, Scotland, for instance, the Cairn O’Mohr winery has asked locals in Perth and Kinross to donate their crab, desert and early cooking apples in exchange for some of their cider, the Daily Record reported last month.