Will the Plum Tree Bite Too?

IMG_0104I sometimes have to be careful what I say, as no sooner have I said “I was wondering….” or ” I was thinking….” then the Golfer will be onto it, such is his desire to please. For the last few years the only plums we have had from our trees have been an odd few splattered on the ground after falling from a great height, although when the garden was first ours (17 years ago) in a good year we were able to pick far more than we could ever cope with. Our neighbour was saying the same thing earlier in the week, quoting harvests of ‘half a ton’ twenty years ago. The trees may be over 40 or 50 years oldΒ  and any plums produced are now far beyond our reach; they also contribute to the shade cast onto the part of the garden nearest the house, so a severe reduction in height was in order.

Still with some residual pain from what appears to have been a severely bruised rather than cracked rib, the Golfer tied the ladder onto the first of the trees and set to……

Meanwhile, hovering closely (but not too closely) at the crucial points in the process, I continued emptying the 2012 vintage compost from its bin, a job usually left till later in the year but the active bin is almost full and this resting one is due for a complete overhaul once it is emptied; made from our favourite raw material, pallets, they must have lasted about 10 years, which can’t be bad. I bagged the contents up until there were no more suitable old bags, then filled the barrow and began spreading the rest on the big containers on the paved area and on the species snowdrop border, which now look very warm and fashionable in their new dark brown coats. The bagged compost will be spread once growth in the other borders has begun to die down. So, a good few hours work achieved (and the Golfer has emerged unscathed from a huge heap of trunk and leaves – hurrah!).


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12 Responses to Will the Plum Tree Bite Too?

  1. Sounds like you and the golfer had a very productive day. May your compost help your plants to flourish. πŸ™‚

  2. Christina says:

    It is always such a satifying job to spread your own compost, I hope you plum will do better next year but it has probably come to the end of its productive life.

    • Cathy says:

      Sadly I think you are probably right about the plum trees, but either way it will do them no harm being cut back. It made composting so much easier having purpose built ‘bins’ for the compost instead of the plastic domed ones we use to have – so much better just being able to throw material in and cover it with some old carpet. I must confess to not ‘turning’ it though, but it doesn’t seem to matter when it is left for a year to mature

  3. Annette says:

    Glad, the golfer got through the job unharmed. It’s great that he supports you like this. How many compost heaps do you have all together? I had three which were perfect in my last plot and am down to two but getting on well with it so far. This autumn I will spread tons of mule manure, badly needed too as the soil in the beds is rather poor.

    • Cathy says:

      Still more cutting to do, Annette – that was just today’s efforts! Since I built a screened composting area I have two wooden bins, one with this year’s material and one with last year’s. The current one was revamped for this year but a bit smaller than it was before, which seemed a bit restricting at first, but as it has rotted down of course it takes up less space and I haven’t quite run out of room! ‘Tons’ of mule manure….?! πŸ˜‰

  4. There is something special in the ritual of fall activities, especially if they are shared.

  5. well done on a productive day and I’m glad no one was hurt, how amazing having someone who jumps before you command πŸ˜‰ have a relaxing Sunday, Frances

  6. croftgarden says:

    Well done Golfer! Nice compost too.

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