Category Archives: Orchyard

Apple Processing Day 2015

Apple Processing Day at Rurikia for 2015 was planned to be held on 3. October, but as the day approached the weather was more suitable on Sunday the 4th so the date was shifted – a good move as it … Continue reading

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Of pruning and migrations

Today was dormant orchard pruning day at Rurikia. With over 20 trees it is usually better approached as an off and on activity a tree or two at a time over a few weeks as winter winds down, with each … Continue reading

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2014 mid-season orchyard report

For the first time in several years the orchyard entered July with plenty of water. The trees and vines are green, the grass is green, and the garden is green (perhaps slightly too green thanks to rampant weed growth!). Unfortunately … Continue reading

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The Rurikia 2013 Season in Review

Preparation for the 2013 season began in late 2012. Having identified the likely culprit in the attacks on young apples to be the European Apple Sawfly, the orchard area was given a dose in October 2012 of approximately 5 million … Continue reading

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Roasted Quince

The last quince of the season, ready to roast. It was very soft and starting to develop some brown spots. The quince chopped and added to a small amount of water in a pan, ready for roasting. Roasted quince after … Continue reading

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2013 Final Harvest

The cider has been bottled, most of the leaves are off, but a glint of red in the orchard caught my eye, and a small basketfull of Cox’s Orange Pippins which had been hiding in the leaves turned into this … Continue reading

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The 2013 grape harvest at Rurikia

The results of the 2013 grape harvest at Rurikia, mainly Traminette and Cynthiana. The grapes clearly took a backseat to the apples this year and were very close to fogotten about as the apples came in, so the hornets, yellowjackets, … Continue reading

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