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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…

Husband & Wife Trees

Hubsand & Wife Trees

There are two very large maple trees standing side by side in my front yard near an old shallow well. They are called Husband and Wife trees. Old timers called them that and you hardly ever hear the term any more. It has gone out of fashion: like marrying for life and farming. Eric Sloane…

Forced Branches

Pussy Willow

I try to have fresh flowers or a little bit of nature indoors during every season. This time of the year my favorite bits of the outside world are flowering branches. Forsythia, apple, peach and pussy willow are in my garden, orchard and farmyard. Those are the types of branches I use for forcing since…

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…