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How to create a fruit tree nursery- 4 afternoon sessions block

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Leith Community Croft

4 John's Place

Edinburgh

EH6 7EL

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A chance to learn how to create and look after a fruit tree nursery.

This is very much a hands-on, practically based course where, over a series of four 1 day workshops, a fruit tree nursery comprising around 150 specimens will be established.

The resulting tree nursery will be on common land on Leith Links in Edinburgh, and course participants will therefore be welcome to visit the site as often as they like before, during and after the course.

Further, at the end of the nursery’s first season (Nov 2018) each participant will have be given the opportunity to select and take away, free of charge, a fruit tree of their own.

Day 1 - Sunday December 10th – Ground Preparation

This will be quite a labour intensive and fun day, during this session you will:

- Mark out the beds and the paths

- Dig over and weed the area.

There will be plenty of time for talking trees, discussing your own ideas, and drinking tea. Also you will have a chance to see a tree nursery that was established 2 years ago.

Day 2 - Sunday 11th February– Tree Planting

During this session you will:

- Plant 1 year old apple, pear and plum rootstock ready for grafting in late-winter/early-spring

- Plant some rootstock to produce a future crop of new rootstock, using the “layering” propagation technique

Day 3 -Sunday 11th March – Tree Grafting

During this session you will :

- Graft scions of various varieties onto rootstock.

- Learn the basic skills of tree grafting, and gain a lot of practice by the end of the session

Day 4 – Sunday 6th May- Aftercare

During this session you will:

- Review your grafting success, seeing how well the grafts have taken since Day 3.

- Prepare the nursery for the season ahead

- Weed and decide how to use the space between the trees (eg sow a wildflower meadow, lay down a low maintenance mulch, intercrop with annual veg, bring on cuttings of other plants).


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Leith Community Croft

4 John's Place

Edinburgh

EH6 7EL

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