This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

apple update

apple apple in a stocking
apple tree 2 two covered apples

I've been meaning to post photographs of my FIVE(!) Fugi apples, which are ripening nicely on the little tree in my backyard. This is the first year I have had fruit on my tree that I planted about three years ago.

The top photos show an apple with and without its stocking. I'm using knee-hi's to protect my apples from bugs and squirrels. So far, so good! No spray on these apples. I took the stocking off just to check (and photograph), and then put it back on again.

Its funny how you can see the tiny ribbed pattern of the stocking on the apple if you look close. (To look close, click on the photo and then click on "all sizes".)

I'm not really sure how to tell when apples are ripe, but I suppose they need another week or two on the tree. I hope the tree can hold onto them that long. The branches of my tiny little tree are bending almost double under the weight if these apples. The tree is not in the best location. Too shady. I was thinking of moving it this year. The only problem is there is really no sun in my yard to move it to.

Apples (Malus domestica)



Blogger Shibaguyz said...

Congratulations on your fruit tree! We're really looking forward to something from our pear tree next year.

September 11, 2008 2:24 AM

Blogger Jennifer said...

Are they planted or containered?

September 11, 2008 10:47 AM

Blogger kathy said...


September 13, 2008 9:54 AM

Blogger Mark Linton said...

At what point do you cover them with the stocking. Some time after flowering, obviously, but when?

September 16, 2008 7:21 AM


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