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bodger

56 apple trees.

56 apple trees have just been delivered to our place. My son has Mondays and Tuesdays off, so thats my cheap labour gone until next week.  Adams Apples say that they will be alright kept in their packaging for a week but that after that, they'll need to be kept in a trench and watered so that the roots don't dry out. I thought innitially about heeling them into  the already prepared soil in the polytunnel but realise that it could be too warm for them in there and that they might get too active. Many hands make for light work, but just at the moment, I only have my own two available.
goodlife

one an hour way to go  
Border

2 an hour and you would be finished in half the time.    

When I plant 50 trees and upwards I use a petrol post hole digger with a 40cm borer.

Saves a lot of digging, and very few seem to die.
bodger

I wish Paul.
Border

What diameter and depth do you have to dig, Bodger
bodger

They're maiden trees and the hole need to fit the rootd in vcomfortably without burying where the graft has been applied to the rootstock. About a foot square and just over a foot deep.
Border

Get yourself a cheap pole hole digger mate, it will save you no end of back ache.

Plus when Bella put her arse against a post and breaks it, you have an easy fix.

Mine gets "rented out" for anything I can use, from food to nails and screws, its paid for its self many times, and there is still many hours of life in it yet.

Tell yourself you can't live without one.  
goodlife

or better still yer oh you cann't live without one
Digindeep

Best of luck to you Bodger...tried to turn over a new bed yesterday, the ground was solid for the first 6inch...no chance until it thaws out a lot more...today it looks even more solid..
bodger

We're a lot warmer here  than you DD.  I'm going to get everything ready today and start planting tomorrow.
goodlife

just had a thought you could invite your local school to a day of tree planting bring your own shovel
Dave C

Sounds a big job bodger, what varieties have you gone for.
Rena

You could just send me half! See! Already you have half the workload!!

Seriously, sounds like you are definitely well on your way to a very nice orchard! I second the 'cheap' posthole digger! Completely invaluable!!
Rare one

You'll be fine with your trusty mate won't  you Bodger. Happy digging .  
bodger

I certainly will.
Those damned moles  Pugh and I dug 24 holes in the rain this afternoon.









You'll have to excuse the rain drops on the lens. The chickens looked on with anguish as our free ranging ducks helped themselves to the tasty morsels that we dug up.









I felt like a proper little farmer today. After months of inactivity my little Grey Fergi started first time and we used it to tow my boat out of the area that we're going to plant the other trees in. Unfortunately, that was as good as it got, because when we came to moving our Ivor Williams horse trailer, all four wheels were seized up and inspite of some well aimed hammer blows they refused to free up.
Its really put the mockers on our day tomorrow Unless we can move it, we'll be unable to plant a row of eight trees.




Justme

Try reversing it. If the tyres can get enough grip so the auto reverse works it should free the shoes from the drums as it pulls them off.
bodger

I've rung you tonight and left a message.  help !
sod

Justme wrote:
Try reversing it. If the tyres can get enough grip so the auto reverse works it should free the shoes from the drums as it pulls them off.


That is what I would say too, might need something heavier than           "mighty gray ghost"
Rare one

Problem will be solved tomorrow evening the cavalry will be along after work.  
bodger

Many many thanks to my good mate Richard ( Just Me) who managed to get the show back on the road for me. He eventually had to jack the horse trailer up so that he could get all the wheels free. All four were seized up.








After getting the trailer shifted, we managed to get all the holes dug, the trees planted and staked with rubber ties. The only thing that we didn't manage to do was to get the rabbit guards around them, so its fingers crossed that the furry blighters stay away tonight.

We planted five different cider apple varieties today. They were Browns Apple, Tom Putt, Major, Somerset Red Streak and Brown Snout.









Dave C

Looks a top job bodger mate
12Bore

Looks like a good job done well!
Digindeep

Good job well done, what distance are they planted apart, six foot?
sod

great going  
goodlife

looking great at least they will not be short of water
redbelly

What a good idea to drive the stakes on an angle.

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