03 May 2016 By Tash Ellens
Over 15 years ago, Mr Caster CBE, had an original bespoke Alitex greenhouse built, and has been growing his collection ever since. In March we visited to see how he was getting on. His garden is normally filled to the brim with plants, vegetables and flavoursome fruits however, on this occasion, it currently sits dormant as he begins preparations to host his son's wedding reception in 2017 and focuses on his fantastic replacement house build.
As we walked into the walled garden we saw beautiful blossom trees on the left. In full bloom this spring, they will begin the growing journey of producing peaches, apricots and nectarines. On the far right we could see several rows of different apple and pear tree varieties. These trees still appeared young but Mr Caster assured us, planted as cordons, they do grow a wonderful selection of fruit. Although, this can be hit and miss as last year's pear trees became damp, writing some of them off. The time consuming solution is to move the pear trees up onto higher ground and replant the apple trees lower down as they can withstand damper soils. That's 42 trees to dig out and replant!
Mr Caster says; "These beds are raised so when we get older it will take the ouch out of gardening". A clever way to say that as the years pass he will still have the privilege of picking strawberries and vegetables with ease. Not only does he specialise in greenhouse creations but Mick, his brother-in-law acting as head gardener, is a horticultural expert specialising in strawberry growing to fulfil Douglas's love of the fruit.
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