Setting Up Gorsuch Orchard

July 29, 2011 by Dennis Walton

Orchard Planting..


On 31st January this year we (Julia, Clay & I) planted 12 apple trees (organically certificated), consisting of 3 each of 4 dessert varieties:

Rajka A modern variety from the Czech Republic. Described as “a well-shaped, good-size apple with a very attractive appearance”.

Sunset Raised about 1918 – Kent (named in 1933). Received an Award of Merit from the RHS in 1960. The fruits have firm crisp, fine-textured flesh with a good aromatic Cox-like flavour. It is reputed to be hardier than a Cox.

Lord Lambourne   Raised in 1907 – Bedford. Received an Award of Merit from the RHS in 1923. Apparently the fruits have a slightly course-textured, juicy flesh with a good aromatic and sweet flavour.

Worcester Pearmain This is a tip-bearer and originated near Worcester in the 1870’s. Received a First Class Certificate from the RHS in 1875. It is a crimson, medium-sized fruit with firm white flesh, and a sweet and pleasant flavour.

18th March – Clay & I applied a mulch to the trees. Come April all 12 trees were wearing blossom and sprouting leaves. Then disaster! 8 of the trees were ‘scorched’ due to the freak weather conditions for the time of year. 2 are now recovering, 5 are still alive but 1 appears to have passed on to that great orchard in the sky! At the beginning of June I had to remove fruitlets from 3 of the trees – the Rajka, and I also commenced foliar feeding using liquid seaweed extract diluted 10ml. to a gallon of water. I will continue this at fortnightly intervals until the end of August. During all these activities Jenny was present with her camera.


Dennis Walton.


Measuring out.
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Planting the first tree
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Worms in the mulch
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Dennis mulching the trees, unfazed by the bird scarer.
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Dennis foliar feeding the trees with liquid seaweed extract.
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Variety Rajka after 6 months growth.
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