Orchard

Cutting Out Apple Trees

Cutting Out Apple Trees

We’ve begun to cut out some apple trees in our orchard. It’s an unpleasant task but will be a long-term benefit for the trees that remain. Apple production in the orchard should dramatically improve and the trees that remain will be easier to care for and not as prone to disease. If there can be…

How & When To Pick Pears

Bartlett Pear

In my corner of the world, this year has been a good year for pears. I have only two pear trees in my small orchard but they are among my personal favorites. The trees are fairly young trees and were planted within the last 7 years or so. One tree is a red Anjou and…

Northern Spy Apple

Imature Northern Spy Apple

I’ve got about 14 or 15 different varieties of apples in my small orchard – I think…..it could be more. The truth be told I’m not exactly sure because I failed to keep track of the apple trees years ago when I planted them. But what I am sure of is that I have two…

How To Feed & Fertilize Fruit Trees

Spring Feeding Of Apple Trees

It’s important to feed fruit trees every year and to feed them only once a year. Fruit trees should never be over fertilized. The best time for feeding trees is when they are at “silver tip”. Silver tip is when the buds are swollen and look silver. But this year we’re late in feeding our…

Mummy Apples

Mummy Apples

I have been spending a little bit of time outdoors every afternoon taking advantage of the very mild weather we have been enjoying here. Yesterday I worked in my apple orchard removing mummified apples. Mummy apples are apples that turn brown, shrivel and do not drop from the tree. Mummy apples contribute to certain disease…