Tag: orchard

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…

How To Feed & Fertilize Fruit Trees

Silver Tip Is The Time To Feed Trees

It’s important to feed fruit trees every year and to feed them only once a year. Fruit trees should never be over fertilized and should be fed when they are at “silver tip” in early spring. Silver tip is when the buds on fruit trees are still completely tight and unopened. The buds have a…

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…

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…