Delicious dried apples

Our own dried apples are a family favourite. The ones you see here are Captain Kidd’s. If you gave my kids a dried apple from the supermarket they’d be horrified (tasteless, white, rubbery things) These are something special. Fruit with bird pecks, no stalks or bruises wont store, so need to be eaten right away […]

April in the Orchard

Autumn marks the beginning of dormant sprays. So clean your backpack sprayer out and get ready to copper if your stonefruit had bacterial infections (cankers, oozing sap, cracks in bark, yellowing leaves followed by premature leaf fall) or leaf curl. Do this at leaf fall. Two of my apples had black spot so I’ll do […]

Dried Pears, Apple Sauce and Italian Style Vegetables

Easy, delicious and useful – these words are my guardian angels when choosing how to best preserve my harvest. There are many enticing sounding recipes out there and it’s easy to get seduced into fancy complicated preserves which don’t ever get used. The simplest preserving is storing the fruit/ vegetable whole; and the next is […]

June in the Orchard

The time has come to mulch my trees. This means the big job of cutting grass which has been left wild since November. That lovely long sward of grass and wildflowers keeps the moisture in and feeds my garden helpers. This will be a family event to be sure, and it’ll be lovely to freshen […]