Monday, August 15
Like its end-of-the-season counterpart, Pristine is also a product of the Purdue-Rutgers-Illinois (PRI) cooperative apple breeding program. It was released for commercial planting in the mid '90s and luckily for me has shown resistance or immunity to Apple Scab, Fireblight, Powdery Mildew and Cedar Apple Rust.
The other added benefit of this variety is that it has amazing storage properties for an early apple. Even after days without refrigeration the apples still retained a great texture that varied only slightly from the first one I bit into straight off the tree.
Posted by Chris at 8:17 AM
Monday, August 8
The first harvest of the season happened this past week at the orchard. The variety aptly, if not creatively called Early Harvest is similar to Yellow Transparent in size and date of maturity. The apples are small and only suitable for eating if you appreciate tartness. I imagine these small early apples would be more suited to pies, sauces or chutneys.
Posted by Chris at 11:10 PM
Wednesday, August 3
The summer has flown by and although this blog has been idle since bloom, the orchard has been a bustling place. Spraying, mowing, thinning and summer pruning have taken up much of my time, while the apples have grown and the plums have ripened. Rather than spending what feels like precious minutes or hours this time of year, writing about the past several months in the orchard I have put together a photo journal of sorts. As they say, a picture speaks a thousand words, so this will by far me my longest post yet!
|Fruit set, the miracle of pollination|
|A freshly mowed orchard|
|"Silver Tree" Good coverage of Kaolin Clay|
|Almost time to thin|
|Adolescent Pear. "They just grow up so fast"|
|Infested apples are thinned and removed from the orchard|
|Sometimes you just can't pick one|
|The first plums|
|So many plums|
|Apples are getting big!|
|Freedom. A very prolific variety with beautiful fruit|
|Showing some blush|
|Paula Reds. These will come off the tree within the month|
|Clapp Pears. Starting to color up, but they still need a few more months.|
Posted by Chris at 11:35 AM