Monthly Archives: February 2011

Inside the apple factory

A couple of yeas ago I found myself with a free day in Seattle during the apple harvest. Having always heard about the vast orchards in the Columbia Valley which seem to supply grocery stores across the country with an … Continue reading

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Gardenomics – or why I won’t be planting lentils this year

A few days ago I decided that I would make lentils for dinner, but when I reached into the storage tin where I keep them I found it to be nearly empty. I like the small green and blue speckled … Continue reading

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From lawn to meadow

I consider myself quite fortunate to live in an area where neighborhood decrees do not prohibit grass from growing to the height nature intended, and one of my first landscaping activities after I moved in was to begin an experiment … Continue reading

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Apple storage in liquid form – the cider press

Shortly after I planted my first apple trees I started to wonder about how many apples one tree would yield and found out that mature semi-dwarf trees average 4-5 bushels per tree. For 2 trees that gave me an expectation … Continue reading

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Apple Buttering

As a child I lived in a rural area in southern Indiana with an abundance of apples, and making apple butter was an annual church fundraiser. Bushels and bushels of apples were collected and distributed to the congregation, and the … Continue reading

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July 2010 apple tree scab and fireblight survey

In early July 2010 I noticed some fireblight and spent an afternoon surveying the orchard for general condition of the trees and paid particular attention to the level of scab and fireblight present. Several of the trees had been fairly … Continue reading

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The Veg Garden

I grew up eating home-grown vegetables. We had a garden, our neighbors had gardens, and it was incomprehensible to me that everyone did not have a garden. We then moved from a rural to a suburban setting and gardening focus … Continue reading

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