A pear tree in a whisky barrel

The local school was selling fruit trees for fund-raising and I bought a pear tree. They were meant to be dwarf/patio varieties which appealed to me because although I have a large garden, it’s full of established shrubs and trees already and I don’t have space for another large tree. I already have two plum trees and an apple tree. However the pear tree turned out to be a conference pear which I don’t think is a dwarf variety.

It came as one long stick with exposed roots and looks a bit dead. I bought a half whisky barrel to put it in, hoping that will keep it happy. Used whisky barrels are inexpensive, solid, and they look and smell nice. I got mine for about £32, including delivery. It still smelt of whisky. Here it is.

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I placed rocks in the bottom to help with drainage (there are also three holes in the bottom).

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Then came the compost and then my tree.

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I’ll keep updates on my blog as to how well the tree grows.

In my greenhouse I also have a lemon tree. It’s too cold here for lemon trees to grow outside and so far I haven’t got any lemons from the tree in my greenhouse. But this year it’s full of flowers and looking healthy so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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I also have an artichoke that looks lovely. They’re attractive plants even without the flowers but hopefully I’ll get some flowers from this one.

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My tomatoes are starting to flower too. I can’t rave about this system I have set up for tomatoes enough. The plants sit in a pot of dirt that contains a wick which feeds water from the trough below. I’ve never had such healthy tomatoes because previously I was either over-watering them or under-watering. It’s hard to get watering right with tomatoes but this system gives them exactly what they need.

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What have you got growing in your garden?