Forty-five-point-five Pounds of Pride!

Aug 7, 2015 | 0 comments

Bountiful Harvest!

Bountiful Harvest!

Our first apple harvest of the season garnered forty-five and a half pounds of William’s Pride apples yesterday – almost twice as much as last year and one day earlier! The ‘one day’ part surprised me – I thought they were ready way early, but according to my 2014 Harvest Record (read: my blog) we were only one day off.

We are probably the world’s worst fruit growers. Benign Neglect are the operable words around here, so we are grateful for whatever bounty Mother Nature provides. For one thing, we didn’t thin this year which resulted in some branches loaded with apples growing in side-by-side order – a wonder to behold but probably not optimum fruit husbandry or whatever you call it.

All In A Row

All In A Row

There was also one entire section of the tree with no apples at all. I’d like to blame the Deer People but it wasn’t just the lower branches – that area was fruitless top to bottom. And, besides, the one thing we were consistent about this year was spraying Liquid Fence on the trees every two or three weeks. We had only one instance of deer nibbling and that was on the lower branches on the opposite side of the tree.

Nyel-the-Apple-Picker

Nyel-the-Apple-Picker

My observation and memory skills being what they are, I can’t visualize the tree when it was in full bloom this past spring but surely I would have noticed if it was only partially covered with blossoms. And if the culprit was an insect infestation, why just in one area? I have the feeling that it has something to do with the tree being a hybrid or a dwarf variety or from grafting or something. Do I really care? Nope. Forty-five-point-five pounds of apples is just fine with me. And it’s way more than last year’s twenty-nine.

September Apples on the Hoof

September Apples on the Hoof

Besides, our late-bearing Rajka Rezista tree is loaded with little apples as we speak – hardly a barren branch on the tree! Next harvest report: a month from now, more or less.

 

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