Tag Archives: Bramley’s Seedling

2015 Orchard Season in Review

The 2015 orchard season started with a fairly good spring followed by an abnormally wet early summer, then had an extended dry spell as autumn progressed. Insect and disease pressure was moderate and reasonably controlled by occasional spraying. European Apple … Continue reading

Posted in Orchyard | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Orchyard | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Apple Buttering 2013

Usually we make apple butter in mid or late October, but between the early season this year giving us a good supply of apples to use and some work schedules that were not aligning well in October we moved it … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Orchyard | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Halftime intermission

I write this while sitting at Rurikia having completed pruning the orchyard and encouraging, as far as targeted thinking can do so, the fruit trees to slow down their rapid progression into spring. It feels like late March, and the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Determined deer and ruthless raccoons

When I began the orchyard I was most concerned with animal damage from mice or rabbits gnawing the bark and I fashioned tree guards from various materials, with ¼ inch hardware cloth being the most satisfactory. Deer came into the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment