April in the Orchard

Three apple trees left to pick – Monty’s Surprise (pictured), Mother, Tydemans Late and one pear – Winter Nellis. These late ones are the keepers, so make sure they are properly ripe first. This is a real knack and I talked about this recently, so won’t repeat myself. Overripe and they’ll go mushy in storage […]

March in the Orchard

The orchard is emptying out as the apples and pears get picked and stored. I’m enjoying taking the pressure off the trees in this heat. We’re picking Cox’, Captain Kidd, Doyenne du Comice, Triumph du Vienna and Clergeau. Our greywater systems broke down in December (and is still a work in progress) so no water […]

Here come the apples!

We’ve just finished all the Early Strawberries and are starting in on the Maclears. Eat a fresh picked apple and you feel the good vibe in every cell. The very first apples I ever grew I couldn’t bear to pick them – they looked so gorgeous on the tree.Of course they over-cooked and were soft […]