Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A is for Apples


The first of many updates here on Thirtyfivebyninety Urban Homestead. 
I'll start alphabetically ... with the Apples trees my daughters and I planted in 2008

We were/are trying for the Espalier method which since I'm not French has grossly alluded me as you can see. We had planned to pune way back this year but it was a great season for Apples in New York State including city orchards, we just couldn't bring ourselves to saw.  
So we didn't. 
The small window dead center is the kitchen.
I got a big kick out of  first seeing Apple Blossoms then Apples growing outside my kitchen window. Reminded me of the character Ma Joad in the Grapes of Wrath, when she talked about oranges outside her window. 

Summer 2013 
Notice how shady the Apple trees and house are. I was very surprised we got a harvest @ all.


Winter 2008
Proof that you don't need feet of space to have an Apple Orchard - this bed is just a bit over 12" wide and almost 15' long.


An Apple for Snow White

Golden Russets

Golden Russets 
The 4 in 1 Apple tree produced half a bushel of Golden Russets. Disappointing no shows for the other 3 varieties but  never the less good with cheese.
Preservation method of choice - storing in the cellar for fresh eating this Winter.


~~ pelenaka ~~

11 comments:

  1. How exciting! Also, you actually want to prune when it's cold outside and the plant is dormant. So late fall or winter. It also makes it easier as the tree isn't full of fruit and you won't think of it as taking the fruit away. Hope that helps!

    KK

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    1. Now that you mention that pruning tip I remember hubby saying the say thing ... I really need to listen better when he talks,
      Tanks for stopping by !

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  2. Hello, Long time no see. Nice to see you back.

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    1. Thank you, I know I am ashamed of myself for my neglect.

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  3. Pelenaka, its so good to see you blogging again! Your apples look fantastic. Not just the fruit, but the trees as well.

    I had to stop by to tell you my exciting news - my homesteading book has been published! Please do stop by my blog to help me celebrate. Plus I'm having a book giveaway! Come check that out too. :)

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    1. Thanks, the issues of shade have only gotten more intense over the years. I didn't even put in a garden here becuse of it.
      Send me a blog link on facebook & I'll share it there as well.

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  5. I always admired espalier fruit trees too but never really knew how they did it. It does seem like a great way to keep fruit trees controlled so you can easily get to all the fruit.

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    1. It's a fine art that needs practice, lol.

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  6. So glad to see you blogging again!!! Seems to me some time ago your hubby made a cider press. Did you use it this year?

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    1. Thanks !
      Sadly no, we are both now diabetic ... drinking cider is on the level of freebasing sugar.

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Thanks, good to know there are other's with this interest