Tag Archives: Pomme Gris

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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First cider pressing of 2013

I like my cider press, but it only took one use before I decided I needed to come up with a better way to grind the apples. Even with the gearing and flywheel it moved quickly from fun to good … Continue reading

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Random Food of the Day

Pomme Gris apples. Several years ago I had an apple in Portugal labelled “Canada Gris” and decided I need it in the orchard. While I couldn’t find a tree of Canada Gris, I did find Pomme Gris, which had a … Continue reading

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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

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