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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?



An Apple a Day
November 3, 2013, 8:02 pm
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A sample of our handiwork

A sample of our handiwork

November 3, 2013

   When I was a kid, we had an orchard and I had an awesome mom! The trees belonged to our landlord, but we could have as many as we wanted. Nobody ever trimmed the trees or sprayed them. They just grew all by themselves. There were twenty-two of them … I know, because I had to push mow around them 😮

   In the fall we would pick up the apples. The bad ones went over the fence to the cows. We made cider, apple pie, applesauce, apple jelly and apple butter, with many of the rest of them. I did more eating than making, but I sure did love those apples. I swear, everyday upon getting home from school…there was always apple crisp to eat!

   I miss that old orchard and all of mom’s sweet treats. My wife understands my appreciation for the apple and takes very good care of me. I eat apples all year-long. We can applesauce and apple pie filling, freeze some cider for cold winter nights and hot summer days. Cider is awesome both hot and cold!

   Over the past couple of days we canned our applesauce. It went very well. All of the jars sealed and the mess seemed to me like it was small. I scrubbed the roaster pans, hauled empty jars up and full jars down to the pantry and helped everywhere that I could. Like any job, teamwork makes it go much better. I am pleased that this job is behind us, but even more pleased that we have the yummy jars to eat all winter and until next apple season.

   My cousin and I learned to take a springy stick about two feet long, stick an apple on the end, and launch those suckers into space! Man they went far…and oh did it hurt when we would throw them at each other. Those sticks were not toys, they were weapons of war! We survived it I guess and I still love apples, so our mischief had no lasting effects.

    They say that,” An apple a day helps keep the doctor away.” I am not sure that statement is totally true. I know that apples are healthy but I think it’s all the love that grammas, moms and wives put in, that holds the true benefit 😮