Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Apples Anyone?

I'd love to plant my very own apple orchard one of these days. I've read about Michael Phillips' work before but this article is particularly interesting.

Totally Green Apples - New York Times, November 16, 2011

11 comments:

  1. I've been thinking of an apple tree or 2. We mostly prefer eating apples. So probably a dwarf or semi-dwarf.

    Just have to find one that can take some heat...

    Thanks for sharing the link, too.

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  2. Love to have a good Granny Smith and a Cox's Orange Pippin tree in my garden

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  3. Is your front yard sunny? That's where we put our mini-orchard (10 dwarf trees--so far!), since it's an area that doesn't get used recreationally for anything.

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  4. I have such limited area that gets adequate sun that planting fruit trees is next to impossible - but - I did plant two ultra dwarf trees last year and they are doing very well. I am going to not let them fruit this year (again) to establish a better structure and root system - but 2013 they will be ready to produce for me. :D

    Inspiring article on organic fruit growing.

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  5. Hope it will take some time to grow the trees. It will be nice to see some pictures of your garden.

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  6. This is a neat article and his book looks good. I wonder if it applies to pacific northwest apples and orchards as well though. The thing I keep in mind with organic apples is that if they don't appear to be beautiful and edible as they are you can always juice them.

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  7. We planted a Fuji and an Asian pear (Hosui) last spring. Both are doing well, and we hope to have fruit this spring or possibly the following year. Both are 2nd or 3rd year saplings, so they make fruit but it's still early days.

    Fruit trees are a luxury I learned to enjoy in Southern California. Ever since then we plant fruit trees everywhere we live.

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  8. We have nine mature apple trees and one pear tree on our property. We only live on a few acres. It can be done, but they do require great care especially in the spring to protect them from pests and disease. We still have a lot to learn.

    We are still trying to find the rhythm of the spray schedule. This past year the buds began forming earlier than we expected. We should have begun spraying neem oil before then. Luckily we have next year to try again.

    Thanks for sharing this article. I will be looking into Michael Phillips next book.

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  9. Your post is so nice. People are discussing about their problems. You have a nice garden and good harvest.

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