Apple harvest

We have apples.  When we moved into the house in 1994, there was one small apple tree almost buried in the tall grass:

The yard looking south

Later I bought four apple trees and planted them.  This seems like maybe five years ago.  When I went to look up information about them in my garden notebook yesterday, I was astounded to find out that this happened in 1998.
One of those trees died in a very hot, dry summer in 2002.   Another one, despite several efforts to prop it up, has fallen completely over on its side, and I’m just letting it be that way.  Two of the new ones, though, and the one that came with the house, are doing well and bearing a lot of fruit.


That’s the same tree that came with the house, by the way, now all grown up.

I decided that the fruit on two of the trees was ready to pick, and I wound up filling a laundry basket and a large box with apples. Here are some of them -


They’re more or less organic, since I never manage to get around to buying sprays and putting out fertilizer. I did spray some roundup on the poison ivy underneath the one that came with the house this year. In any case, they certainly look organic. They taste good, though. The tree that came with the house is susceptible to cedar apple rust, a fungal disease that is endemic here in the ubiquitous eastern red cedar trees. The ones I bought are all cedar apple rust resistant, so the spots on their apples are all just from bugs.

Today I need to peel, core, and slice a buttload of apples and freeze apple pie filling.

4 Responses to “Apple harvest”

  1. K says:

    Mmmm, appley smell. Are they cookers? They look like eating apples to me, but I may just be unfamiliar with the variety. It all looks very bucolic and self-sufficient, anyway.

    Good luck with the peeling and coring. I always end up with rather battered hands when I do that, although I’m good at getting the peel off in one go (not that it matters any more!)

  2. Allen says:

    I eat them, but I like apples firm and tart. Both of these varieties do well in pies, too. As for the peeling, etc., I have an apple peeler/corer/slicer from Pampered Chef that makes it relatively fast and easy. The little wooden stand shown in the pic is useless; I clamp the thing onto the edge of the couner. But it peels, cores, and slices an apple in under 10 seconds.

  3. K says:

    Wow. Coveting apple gizmo.

  4. Allen says:

    And it works. I just made and froze 8 apple pie fillings in about an hour.

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