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Cider Time!
September 19, 2015, 6:08 am
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Little apple tree...loaded

Little apple tree…loaded

September 19, 2015

We planted a small orchard three years ago. It still needs lots of growing time, a few replacements and some care. This little tree, however, doesn’t know just how good it is! In this crazy hot summer void of rain, she still made this awesome crop. I asked a friend to mix some apples with these and to please make me some cider. He is somewhat of a cider “king”, so I know that I am in good hands 😮

I want this orchard just for cider, some apples to eat and of course PIE. It will all come in time, but for this year cider only… well okay, I did eat one of these sweet Jonagold apples and it was great. I am hoping for a lifetime supply and if this little tree has anything to do with it, we are well on our way!

Growing fruit trees and edibles in your landscape is a great idea. You get the joy of watching them grow along with the joy of eating the fruits of your labor. We are going to plant two more of these semi dwarf trees in the chicken yard. The trees will provide some shade in time, more apples and the hens can clean up the dropped apples. I think it is a simple way to provide food for us, shade for the hens and a quaint look to the yard.

Think about your own place. Is there room for a raspberry hedge? Or perhaps a couple of apple trees in a forgotten corner or border planting? I don’t spray these trees. I only trim them just a little. They are not much work. They look neat to me and hey, Who doesn’t like sweet cider?


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Not sure about cider “King” but he keeps learning through trial and error 🙂 Enjoy my friend!

Comment by Mark

Two years ago our apple trees were so loaded with fruit that their branches were breaking from the weight. This year, we have had so many squirrels in the trees that not one apple is left, and these are wizened twenty-five year old, fifteen foot tall trees. I’ll have to go to the local orchard this year to get apples to make apple butter for my grandson (and me)!

Comment by Ken McGarry

Ken, I think when you and your grandson are going to an orchard, peeling and cooking apples in a pan or copper kettle…you are making much more than apple butter. You are making memories that will last forever. Bless you my friend!

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