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Apple trees. So far, I think I have 16 disease resistant, crispy sweet and tart dwarf varieties.

I know that sounds crazy for a small backyard gardener, but there’s a method behind the madness.

I learned from an on-line Texas gardener that you can plant a whole lot of different varieties about 3 feet apart, and keep them pruned so you can pick them without a ladder. You get less from each individual tree but a much longer harvest time (because who really needs 1000 apples all ripe in one week on a tree so big that you need a 15 foot ladder to pick?)

Last week my sister came to visit. I showed her the garden. It must have made some kind of impression upon her because this week I got this birthday card in the mail…

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ba1126
Nov. 9th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
What a great card!! Will you store your apples? Make jelly from them? Or do you just eat them as they ripen. I've made jelly a few times. When we lived in the 'boonies', I had a large crabapple tree and made jelly from them. Then when I moved here to Dedham, my MIL and I picked crabapples from a row of "ornamental" trees the town planted near her house! Together we made LOTS of jelly!! My employer makes grape jelly each year from wild Concord grapes that grow along the train tracks near her house!
1carolinabrown
Nov. 10th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
I'm thinking store them and eat them fresh. I'm growing a few varieties that will store for several months and we can apples all winter long! My neighbors have offered to join in on the harvest and do some canning for me...so we'll have a co-op going on.
One neighbor especially likes to bake. She'll probably make pies and jams and goodies for all of us!
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