Sunday, 6 July 2014

My (not-so) little apple tree


Just look at all those apples!!  2014 looks like it's going to be an absolutely bumper year for my not-so-little apple tree.


In case you were wondering why the apples on one branch look different to the apples on the branch next to them...this is a family apple tree, with three varieties grafted onto a tree.  Pretty nifty, right?

My not-so-little apple tree has Katy, James Grieve, and Cox, all dessert apples.  I'm going to need to spend some time with an apple identification book (I assume there is such a thing?) to figure out which is which!

My inlaws popped over yesterday and admired all our apples.  They counted over 80 apples on the lower branches alone, with a huge cluster of apples on the upright branches!  I think now would be a good time to start pinning apple recipes on Pinterest, and everyone should probably brace for appletastic Christmas presents!!

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  1. duck in a dress6 July 2014 at 23:42

    Yours is looking much much healthier than ours! Andrew gave it a jolly good prune a few months ago, I reckon he must have reduced it to half it's size (although it needed doing, it was getting almost as big as the house!) and I don't think it's quite recovered from the shock yet as we haven't really got any apples growing. Next year though, I think it's begin to come back to life :-) xx

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  2. Wow! I would love a (not-so) little apple tree. I live in MA and we're supposed to be famous for it or something.
    I'd love to pick apples from my own tree.

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  3. Wow, definitely a good year! I was just thinking yesterday how I'm excited for autumn this year, and picking apples to make big pies is an essential autumn activity. Yum! xx

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  4. Wowee that is a bumper crop - lots to be noshed straight off the tree and still some leftover for apple tart sounds like the perfect harvest!

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  5. Appletastic! Can we put in recipe requests please?
    I'm going chutney and strudel, merci beaucoup!
    M x Life Outside London

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  6. Oh god, I did strudel a few years ago for a baking challenge. It was a success but the hassle of spending half an hour pulling the pastry wafer thin on a floured sheet was just too much for me. I've made it once and that was quite enough!!


    I am going to do the suet-free mincemeat in Nigella's HTBADG which is lush and should use up quite a few. Plus, it has lashings of rum :) Chutney is a definite possibility, too!

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  7. Mine's never been pruned. Thinking about giving it a go this winter. It's a bit daunting, though. What if I kill it by accident?! Trees do seem pretty resilient...our plum tree had to be cut right back--there's about a 3ft trunk remaining--and it's still growing plums.

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  8. You should plant some! We got this tree in 2007 (or was it 2008?) and it's given a bigger crop every year. I get the feeling that you're in your forever house, so you totally should!!

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  9. Yes, yes, yes to mincemeat!
    I'll just keep harping on about strudel til you have another go for my benefit/amusement!

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  10. Can't you challenge C to make one? What man doesn't love showing off his strudel prowess?

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  11. A multicultural apple tree- how lovely! I've never heard of that before. Such a good idea for variety

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  12. Our new house has an apple tree in the garden, it keeps dropping apples and scaring the cats ;-) x

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  13. I live in Bristol and also have a Katy tree, have you ever had to worry about frost? They say that the Katy is quite hardy to frost, its going to dip to 2 tonight and maybe lower and have been out and put some old curtains around the tree. It will probably be ok but wondered if you have ever thought about it?

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