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National Apple Day video

Celebrating a bumper harvest, October 21

Thanks to such a wet season, we’re drowning in apples up here in the North East! The best by far has been my young Red Falstaff variety, now totally in its stride.

It’s grown on a west-facing wall, originally in a half barrel but that got subsumed in a vegetable bed, so the tree’s roots will now be far out beyond its original range.

The wall is painted black not just as a fashion statement – it absorbs the heat during the day, slowly releasing it at night to protect plants from severe frosts. Give it a go – I’m still picking runner beans growing next to the apple tree despite a couple of cold nights.

Apologies for the lack of make-up!

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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