I love the gifts that arrive in my life.
We won a fruit tree in a raffle!
The woman who was delivering it made a time to come and plant it. I thought that seemed like a lot of work, but she said that is what she does. So last week Vanessa turned up with mulch, compost, companion plants, newspaper and a Cox’s Orange apple tree.
I really enjoyed chatting to her as she liberated a patch of our lawn for our prize. As a busy owner of a garden centre, mother and initiator of a transition town Vanessa decided last year that she would like to donate 30 fruit trees each year. It is very simple, you just need to ask and she will come and plant it. (She is based in Taihape, NZ, so within reason!!)
She has an inspiring vision, a sort of spread-out community garden. She knows that each year she is planting future food sources around the community. Plus the tree, 30 people (this year) have had the benefit of Vanessa’s knowledge and gardening wisdom. So in this way her acts of kindness aren’t random. They are well placed, well intentioned and go a long way to ensure a future of food production and even act as an introduction to gardening.
Our newly planted apple tree. Thick wet newspaper was put down first, then thick barley straw, tucked around 5 different herbs that will spread out.
I have since surrounded the mini garden with bricks.
Vanessa calls herself a “Lawn Liberator” and has inspired me to finally mulch around my other apple trees. I have surrounded them with borage, calendulas, comfrey, nasturtiums and other bits from my garden. They are mulched heavily and have a new border which affords them the importance they deserve in the garden…….
My two apple trees in the front garden, with their new companion flower bed, the outdoor bath behind and fire circle on the left….