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Old 01-19-2009, 02:21 AM   #1
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Default I have planted the Trees.

Well, I have a Dolgo on seedling rootstock that bears profusely. And I have a Golden Russet on seedling that should come into bearing this year. Then three Yarlington Mill trees and a handful of others.

Also 12 (!) pear trees. They may not be hardy in my climate. This winter will tell, since it was down to -24.

This summer may be the first real crop.

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Old 01-20-2009, 03:00 PM   #2
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Oh how I wish I lived in the fruit belt. Weather might be a little too cold for good fruit production where I am. What fun to look forward to. Best of luck!

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Old 01-20-2009, 03:20 PM   #3
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Cool. In the future I hope to get some bittersharps planted. Fruit trees are indeed awesome.

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Old 01-20-2009, 07:36 PM   #4
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I'm hoping for some decent crops this year myself, 5 apple & 2 cherry trees. Got all of 14 cherries off one tree last year, all Bings. It is a five-way graft, but each year, only one type has produced. Since this will be year four, there should finally be some good growth. None of the peach or pear trees made it. There's an old apple tree as well, but the fruit is tasteless and mealy.

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When I planted my apple orchard, I hadn't considered using the fruit in cider so most of my trees were Red and Golden delicious, Granny Smiths, and a handful of crab apples on the periphery to ensure good pollination.

I also have some peach trees, apricots, paw paw, persimmon, and cherry bush hedges of several varieties. Also a finely developing patch of strawberries, blackberries and a handful of grape vines.

Would be curious to introduce all of these to some yeast I know.

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Old 01-20-2009, 11:31 PM   #6
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There's an old apple tree as well, but the fruit is tasteless and mealy.
Well, you can always brew them.
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Granny Smiths make great cider. Just finished a 6-pack of Newton's Folly from Vermont.

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Granny Smiths make great cider. Just finished a 6-pack of Newton's Folly from Vermont.
That's great because some of the apples discussed here are apples I have never heard of. I have another variety, but I do not recall the type but they are a baking apple that is rather tart. I have noticed that the blending of apples seems the way most folks go.

When I get more proficient at this, I would really like to try a tart apple / paw paw blend as paw paw has a kind of banana flavor and when well ripe is the consistence of a grape with a fair amount of water and sugar.

Thanks for the heads up on the Granny Smiths.
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My parents had an old apple tree that produced loads of fruit this last fall, so i decided to try to produce some apple cider. Doing so without a press and fruit crusher turned out to be a very tedious and time consuming process. I ended up making about 3 qt to drink before giving up and deciding $5 a gallon for locally produced cider was cheap.

However I am still dreaming about making my own cider so I will probably plant some trees at my parents farm this spring and try to save up for the crusher and press.

I did plant on our small urban lot:
A sour cherry tree
3 elderberry bushes
A few strawberry plants
A red and black raspberry plant
3 blueberry bushes
a couple gooseberry and currant plants

We will see which ones perform best over the next couple years and try to replace some more landscaping with the most successful ones. I am somewhat of a lazy gardener so plants that prosper with little care work much better for me.

Craig

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Old 01-22-2009, 04:17 AM   #10
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The cider-specific varieties have higher tannin content and higher acid content. Fedco Trees sells them, as does Cummins Nursery.

Cider without sufficient tannin is like beer without hops. Or so I'm told.

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