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Apples in Winter

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Looking NNE across the field, I see this. A couple of days ago my neighbor told me that all the "new growth" was apple trees, and in the spring it's a wall of blossoms! And this picture shows less than half of it!

An abandoned orchard? Right in my back yard? I asked how long since they had been pruned; he shrugged and suggested 30 years. It will be overgrown with starter trees, too; apples put out "stickers" - new trees growing from their roots.

But when I envisioned my own place, I wanted apple trees to put up fruit in the fall (my neighbors dry apples, and eat them as sweet snacks all winter - or while they last). I thought an orchard would be a good thing to have for extra money, but it takes years to develop one.

And here's one abandoned right next door! Ideas are boiling, and before pruning time I'll have to go over to talk to the owners; at the very least I'll ask for gleaning permission, but I'll also want to select some trees to prune (for practice, and to increase the yield). I can't imagine they'd object.

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niccolino59

Keep us posted!

pumpkinhead

You can be Johnny Appleseed next year! Lucky you!!!

dondi

The ice wasn't decreasing; in fact, the load increased with snow. But this morning it's 33°F with a breeze, and I woke at 4 AM to the sound of ice, shed by the tree overhanging my roof, banging off the siding. So we'll get some progress today for the first time.

roerick3

Looks like the ice is decreasing rapidly too. So glad for you. You'll have to tell us all about what comes of these apple trees and your project.

smllpkg101

Wow! Sounds like you've got quite a project all lined up for spring.

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