Storm Rips Fruit Tree From Food Forest | And what we did next (2020)

Storm Rips Fruit Tree From Food Forest | And what we did next (2020)

Hello, it’s another windy day here at Byther
Farm, but I want to show you what happened in last month’s storms. This is our old
plum tree, the first storm, Ciara, sent it toppling a bit and then when storm
Dennis came through which was absolutely fierce and we had a mini tornado – and our
weather app actually said tornado – went through the yard, I don’t think it got
this far down the garden. I think it was quite a small one. Anyway it has torn it
out of the ground pretty much completely. This is an old post, I think this is just
an old post, it could be part of the tree. This was already dead when we got here.
And this lovely old plum tree that has produced so many fruits on it is just,
it’s ripped out of the ground at all bar one small part of roots. And I think we
have to accept that it has probably come to the end of its life. It’s hollow in
places, it has woodworm, it’s had squirrels living in it and each year it
just kept going, holding plums way above our head. We’ve had to wait until
they drop to the floor and then rush out and try and pick them up before the
ducks get to them each day, because the ducks just ate masses of plums. Yay hey!
Some of the plums are ready! Now this had fallen off the tree and so I’m going to
have a look to see if there are more that need to be picked up because last
year the ducks ate all the plums and here they come,
on mass, probably looking for plums. Is that what you’re looking for?
Was it a plum that you were looking for? Not quite ready yet? Okay. To give you an
idea of how high up they are, they are all the way up in that tree! But I’m not
going to cut this plum tree down immediately because there are still some
signs of life in it. So I’m going to wait and see if indeed it does produce a crop
this year and then I think it was time that it was… I’m so sad, I’m so sad about
this old tree going. It’s probably somewhere between 50 and 60 years old,
ior it may be even older. It’s just a beautiful tree, but it is
horizontal. And it’s fallen over so it’s landed on this damson over here, so
that’s what stopped it from falling right onto the ground. Which means
the ducks can still get underneath it and we can still get underneath it to take
it apart when we need to. But for the next few months I’m going to leave it
and try and make sure… so for the next few months I’m going to leave it and
let’s the bits that are growing, see if they will grow or not, and then if it
gets as far as fruiting after that we will take this out. But I don’t want to be
without any of these lovely plums and very kindly our friends over at Direct
Plants have sent me a new plum tree to plant in a different spot in the garden. So we have this lovely Victoria plum
tree. It’s going to go into the ground right away, we’ll stake it to protect it
from all winds yet to come this spring. I’m really excited, I’m really pleased.
Let’s get this in the ground and get it growing again and then in 20 years time it
may well be as productive as our old tree. And I’ve decided to put it here on
this mound in the market garden. I can’t grow anything much other than herbs in
this area and I will put some herbs in here too, but I can put the plum in. I can
put the stake in. This is one of the wetter parts of our land because the
water flows across it in this direction. By having it up here it’s not
immediately sitting in very damp soil, but as its roots go down it will
have access to a lot of that water that travels across the land. So I think this
is a good place for it. Because it’s raised up it’s going to be a little more
exposed. There’s not much opposite there, so I need to make sure it has a really
good stake and is attached to that. And over the next year or two, as its
roots really fix itself into the ground it should be fine. So now I just need to
remember where I’ve put some sort of digging implement. So I found this very
old fork that belonged to my late father-in-law. I think you can see how poor
the soil is here, although it has got worms in it, but it’s actually a
heavy clay with a whole lot of sand in it. Because the top tiny bit is
clay and then below that is sand and pebbles from several
hundred years ago when there was a tsunami that washed across this area.
It left behind it lots and lots of sand and pebbles from the beach from the river
which is not very far away. It’s the River 7 – SEVERN – which is a tidal river. I don’t know how much difference that
makes to our microclimate here… oh worm you go back in lovely, here you go, and you! Right, let’s go and find the tree. So I’ve
got my tree and I’ve also got some mycorrhizal fungi to put onto the roots
as I plant it and this will help the tree form a good root system and establish
itself more quickly. The root’s been really well wrapped because the last
thing you want is for the roots to dry out in transit. So there we go, it’s got a
nice root system there. Now there is a graft here where, this is the root stock
that the tree is growing on and this is the fruiting part of the tree and it’s
grafted here. And you don’t want to get this under the ground,
it wants to be above above the soil level, which it is. So first thing I’m
going to do is decide which way around I want the tree facing. I think like that. Then I’m going to pop
some of the mycorrhizal fungi actually onto the roots and it needs to be
touching the roots, not just in the ground. Now if this tree had looked dry at all
and this one doesn’t, I would have soaked it in water for a while first. They look
absolutely fine so I’m not going to worry about soaking them. If the tree had
sat for any longer then I would have, I would have given them a good soak.
I’m making sure that the graft is well above the soil level and backfilling. And the other thing I’m going to do is
I’m going to lean the tree in that direction because now it’s leaning into
the wind. So as the strong winds on our site hits it, it will go upright
rather than…. let me just get this root into the ground here, make sure it’s well
under the soil, here we go. Yes rather than starting up right and being
pushed in this direction, this way it stands a good chance of ending up
upright. I’ve left the bamboo cane on it for now I’m going to put a tree stake in
and I’m going to put it in so the open end of it is pointing towards the wind.
So as the wind pushes, it is pushing it into the ground not not ripping it out. I’ve gotta really soft tree tie which I’m
going to put between the tree and the stake to make sure that they don’t rub.
So that’s looking pretty good, the tree won’t rub on the stake here. I’m
going to fix the tie to the stake first, like that, make sure that’s nice and
tight so that it won’t slip down. Might even need to
tighten up a tiny bit on the stake, I’ll have one more look there, then I can take it and around
the tree. And I’m doing a figure of eight, so it’s slightly held away from
the stake again. I’m happy with that now and then bring that back up and fix it.
So the last thing I need to do for this tree to give it a really good start is
to give it a really good water. And to come back in a couple of days if it
hasn’t rained and make sure I’ve watered it again. And I will make sure that this
tree doesn’t dry out over the coming months at all, not dry out completely to
give those roots a really good chance to get going underground. Finally I’ve got the tree tie on!
So I’m also going to give it a little bit of compost, there will be compost put
on all over this mound – the homemade compos. That will go on all over here
over the coming weeks and months but for now it may look wobbly, I will heal it in here. So it may look like it’s at a jaunty
angle but that is to protect it from the winds that come across.So we’ll check
back in a few months time when no doubt the wind will have straightened the tree
to vertical. For now I’ll go and get it some water. And so, wherever you are in
the world and whatever you’ve got planned for today I hope it’s a good one, I also hope you’ll join me again next time.


29 thoughts on “Storm Rips Fruit Tree From Food Forest | And what we did next (2020)”

  • Liz Zorab - Byther Farm says:

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  • Oh Liz I feel your pain. I love old trees and always imagine all sorts of things are living in it – including fairies (I blame Enid Blyton…) Our big apple tree is probably going to go the same way if we don't see to it soon – we've been very lucky it hasn't blown down in the storms – yet! Interesting to hear about the tsunami – you don't expect them in South Wales! I'm sure your new tree is going to be very happy where you've put it and one hundred years from now someone will love it just as much as you did your old one.

  • Hi Liz, so sorry that you lost your plum tree but I am happy that you were giving another plum tree,l hope we get to see how it progress. I really like your pretty white ducks they do make nice pets. Cheers from the US.😊

  • We fight the squirrels and birds for our plums too. So sad about your tree, but glad to see you are getting another!

  • Warrior of the Light says:

    That's a shame. At least it didn't come down like the one that took out our power and phone.

    I didn't get any plums because the birds beat me to it. I planted a new plum tree a few weeks ago. I wasn't as kind as you. I just dug a square hole and shoved it in, but it seems happy, it's not stacked and it's certainly had enough rain.

  • A part of me always cries inside when beautiful old trees have to be cut down. What a shame but i suppose the positives are that you didn't have any structural damage in the storms.

  • My last assignment for my Science of Gardening course was to design an experiment to see if mycorrhizal fungi is effective in plant growth and production.. Like to see how that plum tree goes, interesting.

  • Cara Grandle Gardens says:

    I’m going to get a new plum tree this year too. The game of waiting begins. That tree that fell was massive.

  • Hello Liz. Oh my, I’m sorry about your 50+ year old plum tree, 😔that was so sad an unfortunate. And then, life starts again, another young tree will get growing in you garden 🌳 and be fruitful! 😉💗💗💗

  • So sad – we lost a huge tree in our wood but not fruiting. Am planning a Victoria plum. Many of the trees in our wood are horizontal but still alive. Is there part thats still alive or salvageable?

  • I was also thinking of grafting some surviving branches – I'm hoping to do that with our old apple tree – half is still alive, as is half the part that broke down. Nothing ventured, nothing gained! I did like the bit where you said water if it doesn't rain. I don't think you need to worry about that today! LOL xxxx

  • Sorry to hear about your old plum tree, but the weather has been beastly, we have fencing to repair but storm George put paid to that, we're hoping for this weekend to be calmer.

  • What a beautiful tree! So sorry for your loss! I was honestly tearing up at the beginning. It's wonderful that you planted a baby plum to carry on the lovely tradition. I think my favorite part, however, was you saving the worm and putting it back in the hole.

  • Jo Ann Thompson says:

    Your looking great.keep up the good work on videos.definately agree with other take some cuttings now.what can it hurt.

  • I am sorry for your loss. All is not lost yet tho'. If you have plums from it this year be sure to save seeds, you never know.

  • Gutted for your old plum tree, always feel it hard when we lose a gorgeous fruit tree. Weird how trees become part of your life.

  • I'm glad you are leaving the old plum for a bit: I have often seen horizontal fruit trees come back from horizontal as long as there is at least one root left in the ground. Vertical shoots frow up from tthe trunk and when they are established you can take away what you need to of the old wood. Good luch to you and your venerable friend:)

  • Not Just About Ducks says:

    hay hi liz , im sorry for the tree loss , , i love ducks bless em , would you take a look at my channel please thanks so much , i think you may get some this year , just make it safe xx angela x

  • Jesper Andersen says:

    very interesting that you can order the trees and get them in boxes… here we have to hauls them home in pots from the nurseries etc.

  • Bethan's Kitchen & Garden says:

    Oh no, what a shame about that lovely tree, I would be sad with it's loss too. Hope the new one is a good replacement. Take care, Bethan 😊

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