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How to Grow the Best Organic Apples!

Apples…one of the easiest  fruits to grow.

These Apple Trees were planted seven years ago and have fruited every year.

They has never been sprayed.

There have never been any chemicals sprayed on or around them.

September 2011 Permaculture Cottage 007These trees are the perfect plants in the perfect place…a permaculture success.

The fruit is used as a base for a whole range of jellies, chutneys and jams.

Some of it is stored in the freezer.

September 2011 Permaculture Cottage 010Much is stored in a cool, dark, dry area where it can be accessed for use.

August 2011 permaculture cottage 002Apples are made into Toffee Apples at Samhain and for floating in barrels for dunking games.

Apple slices are dried as rings…simply hooped onto lengths of homegrown Bamboo and hung in the oven of the wood stove.

September 2011 Permaculture Cottage 023I use some of the Apples at the moment in home made Apple yoghurt, yummy stuff!

Of course, where would civilisation be without the seasonal Apple Pie?

September 2011 Permaculture Cottage 009I mulch around these trees every couple of years with sheeps wool left over from my spinning…there are parts of the fleece which are not used in the spinning process.

September 2011 Permaculture Cottage 008This is filled with goodness which is washed, through rainfall, into the soil.

Bealtaine Cottage August 2010During the summer as I mow the paths, I heap the cuttings around the base of each apple tree to mulch out weeds and feed the roots.

Grass is, after all, great fertilizer.

Bealtaine Cottage Sep 2010At the end of each growing season, I cut by all new growth by two-thirds.

All branches that grow towards the middle of the tree are cut out.

Permaculture Cottage August 2011 024Most important of all…I plant lots of bee attracting plants and bushes around the orchards, especially the early Spring flowering bush, Ribes.

The Bees must be looked after!

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