Autumn has arrived after our eternal summer and one of the joys of Autumn is fruit.
Every garden can have some and I always recommend growing something you cannot get in the shops easily.
In my own garden I grow eight different apple varieties. Everything from old Irish varieties like Irish Peech and Kerry Pippin to the good old reliable Bramble.
Two old French varieties of pear...got our first pear this year. My daughter said it 'tasted like perfume.' That was a good thing.
Three plum trees. One is really a damson we use for jam in particular and was planted mainly due to my wife's childhood memories picking these.
We also have a bumper crop of quince as well as your usual soft fruits.
That's grand for him on his 10 acre site and his professional skills I hear you say. Truth is we have a very small garden and just use the space to the max. Also the fruit trees in particular are easy and take no great care bar once a year pruning.
I also mix the fruit plants with hedges and borders and don't have them down the back under the hedge surrounding the compost area.
Just one of everything that was picked a few weeks ago in two minutes. Beats any supermarket. L to R; Bramble, Discovery, James Grieve, Katy, Kerry Pippin, Worcestershire Pearmin, Damson, Yellow Plum, Autumn Raspberry, Blackberry (free from hedge) and Blue Berry.