Enjoying the harvest of home grown apples

It is amazing how good the taste of fresh home grown apples is.  This year we have a bumper harvest of apples of a number of different varieties including Gala, Honey crunch, Fuji, Golden delicious and some other varieties that are unknown.  The unknown varieties are the branches that I grafted on to my trees from a friend.  Some of the apples look like the old heritage varieties such is the cox pippin.  It is amazing to see the different apples growing together on the same tree.  My hope is that some of the new varieties will extend the season a little for us so we can enjoy fresh apples for a few more months of the year.  Given that the branches were only grafted in late 2013, I was quite surprised to see fruit so early on.  This proves that a great way to introduce a new variety of fruit with a year or two is to graft onto an already established tree.  To see how I grafted our apple trees click here.

Here are some pics of the different varieties on each tree.

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Home grown nectarines

Despite the many challenges of growing any type of stone fruit in our climate, there is nothing quite like biting into tree ripened, home grown nectarines.  The biggest issue with the nectarine trees has been the curly leaf.  Every year both of the nectarines have had this issue despite my attempts to spray with copper just prior to the buds opening up.  This year was a little less severe than previous years, so my hope is that if I keep up the spray, eventually the curly leaf will disappear.  So is it worth going through all the effort of growing nectarines?  I think my kids have answered the question…

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