Hackney Permaculture


plum harvesting time
Robin picking plums using telescopic fruit harvesting device

Robin picking plums using telescopic fruit harvesting device

I was never quite sure how we were going to get all of the plums harvested from the top of such a huge tree and then someone suggested I buy a special tool to do the job which I must confess hadn’t occurred to me!

A quick bit of googling and eBaying later and… ta da… one ten foot extendible fruit picking gadget. Happy days…

The one I bought was second hand on eBay but if I was going to buy new the one that caught my eye was the multi-use fruit picker made by Wolf Garden – http://www.wolf-garten.co.uk

The rest, as they say, is plum jam, plum pickle and assorted other forms of plum joy history.

The plum picking team

The picking team with over 10kg of plums... we only stopped when it got dark!

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Suzanne and I chop down a tree
December 21, 2008, 3:49 pm
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It was wet, it was cold, it was 4th december and the camera ran out of battery… armed with a bow saw and a bit of grrrr the tree stood no chance.

For the record, the tree was crowding out the plum tree, fighting a losing battle with ivy and blocking much sunlight to our main bed so it had to go.

The fallen tree lying across the garden



Roots, making a riddle, pruning etc
November 23, 2008, 10:00 pm
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A huge day – we had eight people getting stuck in this week including the epic Dean ‘I like digging holes’ Firth and Angela ‘I live next door’ McSherry.

I started off by showing Dean a huge root which needed digging out and gave him the pick and a spade whilst I climbed up a nearby lime tree and began pruning branches overhanging another neighbours garden which had been causing some distress.

victory over the tree root

victory over the tree root

a spot of light pruning for me

a spot of light pruning for me

The Pogo crew arrived a little later and made a riddle, which is basically a massive garden sieve, out of a pallet and mesh. With it we got all of the rubble out of the rear bed which had obviously been used as a dumping ground by the builders when the roof was replaced many years ago…

making a garden riddle

making a garden riddle

Using our home-made garden riddle

Using our home-made garden riddle

Around this point I hit the wrong button on the camera, so I must apologies for everything being a little blurry from here on… Austen pruned the laurel tree which is apparently not a good thing to use in compost as it contains arsenic! We found this out just after we had spread all of the cuttings all over the main bed – doh! We had a go at burning some cuttings but that was aborted, and Dean and Ben got all alpha-male digging in the pallets to edge the raised beds at the rear.

Trying to burn things

Trying to burn things

Building the rear beds

Building the rear beds

Austen up the laurel tree

Austen up the laurel tree