Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Apple Blossom

This big old apple tree came with our house, I'm guessing it's a few decades old.  We had a reasonable harvest the autumn after we moved in, but haven't had much since, and last year, the birds took the few apples that grew.  My dad has given it a good prune a couple of times, but we let it go this year.  I've put a fair bit of chicken manure around the base over winter- fresh, not matured, and just watered it in.  Now that we have the wood oven, we're sprinkling wood ash around it too.  This spring it is covered in blossom, and there are a few bees around too, so with any luck, there will be a good harvest in autumn, while we wait for our 3 new apple trees to mature.  It will be nice to not have to buy apples for a while, Liv's not happy if she doesn't have at least one apple a day.  Wassail, wassail...

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