All good things come to an end and our bumper harvest of blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries at Garvie Brae is now over until next year. If you didn’t manage to pick some and preserve it for the leaner winter months, you can come along to our Fruit Tree Walk stall at the Creative Climate event at the Community Garden, 12-3pm, on 26th of September, where there will be some for sale.
Apples are swelling up nicely and will be ready to eat between end of September, October and November. Different varieties of apple will ripen at different times, so they won’t all come at once. Usually early ripeners won’t keep for too long whereas the later apples, like the White Melrose, will ripen November and store for about 4 months. This means that the apple season in Scotland can last for up to 7 months! To check if an apple is ready, hold firmly in one hand and rotate it laterally. If it doesn’t come off the branch easily leave it for later.
You will be able to hear all about our Scottish apples and their foreign rivals from the 24th of September when we launch our exciting brand-new Scottish Apple Quest just in time for the Climate Festival! An interactive audio tour you can do around the Fruit Tree Walk with the help of your trusty mobile phone. Once you complete the Quest you can enter your name for a prize draw.
Could you help with some pruning?
To promote new fruiting buds on the apple trees we will be doing some summer pruning. Do come along and join us, tools and directions will be supplied. We will meet at Garvie Brae playpark 10 am on Monday 6th September.
The fruit tree walk is looked after by volunteers and we always need more. If this could be you, come along and say hello, or contact Ali on firstname.lastname@example.org