My productive day, I'll set the back round first
A local land owner many moons ago planted by mistake some cherry plum & bullace trees in a hedge row this hedge borders a footpath ,over the yrs the trees have produced fruit but nothing to talk about . Since i have started keeping bees the fruit on these trees has got lots lots better (my house/hives are 300m away)
This year I honestly believe through the bees (I have 4 hives this yr) the fruit trees have produced a ridiculous amounts of fruit ,two branches
(3"--4"diameter ) of one cherry plum tree have snapped through the shear weight of fruit ,they are hanging like grapes all over the tree the bees must of pollinated every flower on the trees .
I have been taking a pocketful each night to eat when I pass the trees when walking the dogs, I decided to get more today and do something with them I went with my father and the kids to the trees set out a tarp and shook the tree twice, it was like it was raining fruit ,hundreds fell down in one go upon us It took longer to set up the tarp than get the fruit, we collected 28 lbs of cherry plums in the one go.
The tree looked like nothing had been taken when we finished there must be literally hundreds of pounds of fruit left on this tree and 10 trees in his hedge mixture of cherry plum & bullace
We washed and divided the fruit 50/50 I have since made 9 lbs of cherry plum jam (tastes outstanding ) a pile of compote for general use( crumbles,add to cereal etc) and couple of pounds of fresh to just eat .
On checking the bees as well today there appeared to be a good stock of honey , I removed some brace comb full of honey , this year the honey has a slight caramel /toffee taste (also outstanding)
So I am very happy with my productive day as everything I have done tastes great .
nothing to do with stalking just thought I would let you know .....Neil