Tag: management

Mummy Apples

Mummy Apple

Yesterday I worked in my apple orchard removing mummified apples. Mummy apples are apples that turn brown, shrivel and do not drop from the tree. Mummy apples contribute to certain disease and fungus cycles in apple trees. Fire Blight and Bitter Rot are the two main diseases that my apple orchard is prone to. Good…

Apple Trees – Selection, Planting & Basic Care

Apple Organic

I own a small apple orchard of about 35 trees. I started my orchard over 27 years ago when I moved to my farm as a new bride. At the time my husband and I had just started to remake his old family homestead.The farm had been left idle for an entire generation and we…

Pick The Time Of Day When Lambs or Kids Are Born

A Group Of Pregnant Border Cheviot Ewes

Did you know that the way a pregnant ewe or nanny goat is managed can influence when she will lamb or kid, and how quickly she’ll lamb or kid? It’s true. The time of day that a pregnant ewe or nanny goat is fed can influence when she will lamb or kid and how quickly…

The Spacing Of Semi-Dwarf Apple Trees & Expert Advice

Apple Trees Spacing

When I was younger I wasn’t as smart as I am today. Back in those days I believed just about everything the “experts” at major universities and the local agricultural extension office told me. Too bad for me When I planted my small commercial apple orchard over 25 years ago I didn’t have any practical…