A suggestion to help improve growing conditions for our plants, particularly the fruit trees, is to raise the planting level with the hugelkultur method. For us the main benefit would be improved drainage- but here are the other advantages: water retention;warmer soil; builds soil fertility; creates micro climates; recycles organic matter on site; less bending over.
Kerryn and Peter have started a mound (swale) with a ditch behind to collect water run off, near the front gate. We can keep adding and increasing each week, ready for fruit tree planting……. we can probably go higher with the one we have started.