When is the best time of year to plant manuka trees? Autumn and winter.
What time of year is it now? Nearly spring. The bees are starting to warm up and come out and look for food and the queen is starting to make babies.
So what did we do last weekend? Planted out some of our trees of course!
The problem (from a human point of view) is that it has been RAINING. And raining and raining. That would be pretty good for the trees, but on a lovely lazy Sunday afternoon, hands up everyone who wants to go and put the gumboots and raincoat on and plant trees.
Anyway, it was finally fine, so planting it was.
Dig a hole, not too big, put a bit of compost in the bottom, bung in tree, press down and top up. You can see our soil is clay. It'll all be good though.
And look at this! One of the newly planted trees already has flowers on it. A bit early for the bees, and possibly a sign of a warm start to spring - which officially doesn't start till next week - but it's good that they are this mature.
We've put our biggest trees right beside one of the rows of beehives. Probably would have been better to plant them on a drizzly day in winter when the bees were all in bed, then.
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