Heritage Orchard - Tree Grafting Days - Feb and March 2013
For all members interested in the orchard we organised a tree grafting day in the Garden for Sunday the 24th of February and another in mid March.
UCD houses a collection of all known varieties of heritage Irish apple trees which has been built up over the course of several decades. They have kindly allowed Santry Community Garden to take cuttings from these trees (scion wood) for the purpose of grafting so that we can create a collection of these heritage trees for our orchard. We have collected cuttings from all established varieties from UCD (over 80 varieties) and will graft these to rootstock in the garden on Sunday the 24th February.
The process will involve: 1) preparing the timber cuttings (scion wood) 2) learning about rootstock and the different varieties available 3) preparing the rootstock to take the graft 4) grafting the scion wood to the rootstock 5) fixing and sealing the graft 6) planting up the newly grafted trees in specially prepared nursery beds. 7) Maintenance and aftercare
We are very lucky to have an expert on hand (David Howell) who will demonstrate how all stages of the process are to be performed and provide training for members attending. All materials will be provided by Santry Community Garden.
It is a great opportunity to learn a new skill and to work with a collection of heritage Irish trees - many of which are very rare and but for the work performed by UCD would no longer be available. All members are very welcome to participate and will be provided with the opportunity to learn all stages of this wonderful craft.
If the grafting is successful, Santry Community Garden will be host to only the 4th copy of this collection of traditional Irish apple trees in existence which will be a great privilege for the garden and provide the Orchard with a fabulous centre piece and allow us to contribute to ensuring the future of this wonderful part of the country's gardening heritage.
We will be beginning the training from 11 on Sunday morning. Looking forward to seeing as many of you who can make it.
General Training for Garden Members
Day to Day Garden Training We are very lucky in that there are a number of highly experienced and passionate gardeners amongst our membership, many of whom spend a great deal of time talking to other garden members, training them and advising them on a wide variety of horticultural skills from how to prune a raspberry bush to the best way to cultivate seedlings. All they ask in return is first dibs on the chocolate hob nobs.
Tree Pruning We have been lucky to retain the services of David Howell a master pruner who visits the garden periodically to prune and maintain the many fruit trees and bushes in the garden.
On the days when David is here he also manages our tree pruning group - training them on pruning methods, tying back trees and general good practice for tree maintenance. If you would like to join this group please drop us an email and we'll make sure you're added to the list.
Garden Visits We visited Ardgillan Walled Garden in August 2012 for a guided tour of the beautiful grounds there which gave us lots of inspiration for our own fledgling garden. We hope to do more of these visits in 2013.
Bee Keeping We have just introduced Bees to the garden and whilst we are leaving their handling and care to qualified experienced bee keepers, they will be on hand as the year goes on to give us some informal demonstrations and information on the basics of beekeeping.