Tag Archives: Porters Perfection

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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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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September Spring part 2 – now it’s the apples

First the Moonglow pear, now the apples – Porter’s Perfection, Claygate Pearmain, and Vandevere have all decided to bloom in September.

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