Tag Archives: Golden Delicious

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

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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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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

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2012 Apple Harvest

It’s been a pretty miserable year in the orchard; I haven’t yet been able to bring myself to write what I try to think of as an annual summer report. A wet spring led to fireblight and scab outbreaks, nearly … Continue reading

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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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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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