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I’ve been dancing through the archives and remembered a blog I kept very briefly elsewhere. There’s a few interesting posts so I thought I should share them again.
When we first got our plot there was a big compost heap in the corner. The previous tenant of six years wan’t sure how long it had been there and the local expert didn’t know either.
When we cleared it away a stump was discovered that was about 30cm high. the stump appreciated the new space and light and sprouted the following year.
We deduced that the mystery stump was a pear tree of some sort. It continued to grow tall enough that it was about 2 metres high.
The following spring it managed three blossoms, each of which produced two or three pearlets which sadly dropped off within a few weeks.
Three years ago the tree was covered in blossom and then tried to bear fruit.
There were around 40 fruit in all and then we waited for the fruit to turn down before we thin them further.
The tree itself has suffered somewhat
from the odd caterpillar and some leaf disease so i wasn’t sure how optimistic to be about the harvest. The fact is though our miracle pear tree is still pretty impressive.
That was two years ago.
The pair tree sits next to the bee hive for now and that deters the wasps.
This year the same tree has yielded around 120 conference pears of varying sizes.
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