My Truffle Garden


Four years ago we planted a truffle orchard close to the house as we already had truffles in the garden so we knew the soil was suitable. The trees were impregnated with finest English truffle spores ( some of the truffles used were from my garden ) . Our site is windy so trees grow slowly to enable their trunks to establish and adapt to the conditions. But they really were growing very slowly and it took us a while to work out that deer were nipping the tips of the trees.Rather than deer fence the entire area we chose to double the size of the tree guards as recommended by the kind people at Tubex. So now, a month on, the struggling little trees have put on over a foot in growth. While replacing the guards I also dolloped old soggy truffle at the base of each tree in a very unscientific hope that the spores would encourage more truffle growth . We also researched alkali soil improvers and discovered Eco mix practically on our doorstep. Truffles need an alkali soil to grow. There is no guarantee on cultivating truffles but I hope now we have given them a sporting chance and they may even travel from the existing trees in the garden .

If you look closely at the picture of “earth” you can see two truffles growing tight to the wall in my garden . Truffles love lime stone. When I was in Spain on a truffle seminar we were shown where truffles had smoothed the surface of the lime stone, almost feeding on it. One of the locations where I find wild truffles is a disused quarry…