Pruning the Apple Espaliers

Posted by F&S

We hope you enjoyed our recent adventures in Maine as much as we did!  Now that we are back on the farm, it's back to business.  And business today means apple pruning!

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Hey Sharkey!  Look at all of these piles of branches on the ground in between the apple espaliers!

1 Hey Sharkey! Look at all of these piles of branches on the ground in between the apple espaliers!

It looks like Chhewang is pruning the apple trees.  I guess they have gotten quite big, lately!

2 It looks like Chhewang is pruning the apple trees. I guess they have gotten quite big, lately!

Sharkey, should we help?  All of these branches are going to the wood chipper and then spread over the compost piles, right?

3 Sharkey, should we help? All of these branches are going to the wood chipper and then spread over the compost piles, right?

While we do that for most trimmed branches, these are special!

4 While we do that for most trimmed branches, these are special!

Applewood branches are excellent when used in smoking!  Have you ever heard of applewood smoked bacon?  This is how you make it!

5 Applewood branches are excellent when used in smoking! Have you ever heard of applewood smoked bacon? This is how you make it!

When burned, the branches can infuse meat and seafood with a rich, smoky flavor.

6 When burned, the branches can infuse meat and seafood with a rich, smoky flavor.

The leaves will be removed from the branches and placed in a cool, dry place to cure.  You want to use the older branches, like these that were cut off to encourage new growth, and not young, green wood.  They do not have a good flavor!

7 The leaves will be removed from the branches and placed in a cool, dry place to cure. You want to use the older branches, like these that were cut off to encourage new growth, and not young, green wood. They do not have a good flavor!

Of course, Sharkey!  Martha would never waste anything she can use!  Now come over here and help me smell this spot...tell me what you think it smells like.

8 Of course, Sharkey! Martha would never waste anything she can use! Now come over here and help me smell this spot...tell me what you think it smells like.

Hmmm, Francesca, that smells like the pesky old squirrel you were chasing yesterday!

9 Hmmm, Francesca, that smells like the pesky old squirrel you were chasing yesterday!

We better track him.  Squirrels love to eat apples, and we need to protect this year's harvest!

10 We better track him. Squirrels love to eat apples, and we need to protect this year's harvest!

Comments (9)

  • Good morning to all,
    I must have ESP as I had a dream about apples last night. I was laying on the deck and when I woke up I was surrounded by apples. They were everywhere. I should have stomped on them to make applesauce. Hehehehehehe
    It is a shame you didn't get to stay in Maine longer. But keeping the pesky squirrels away from the apple trees is very important so I can understand why you had to go back to the farm. Duty calls.
    Well Glue Squad, how is everyone this morning? It is supposed to get hot again today so I am going to enjoy the deck till things heat up. I will check back later if I can. Karen is going to a hospital to see one of her chows working. The lady that owns the chow, Ming Ming, took her to the hospital to apply for a job as therapy dog. They only use one dog and the one they had was moving so Ming Ming had to apply for the job. She went on several interviews and beat out many other dogs for the job. They put a big poster of Ming Ming inthe lobby of the hospital to Welcome their newest employee. Pretty neat, eh?
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    My Mommy gave up on raising apple trees. She had some beautiful trees just full of apples. One morning she went out only to find that the squirrels had taken a bite out of each one. Because they weren’t ripe, the squirrels didn’t want to eat them. After a few years of this she gave up. Oh well, I don’t like apples anyway. Maddox I wonder if Ming Ming could stop by my house. I could really use some of that therapy; what ever that is. It sound good anyway.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Ladies,
    I know you girls miss your home in Maine, but it is nice to be away and nice to come home. The farm needs you girls at home to supervise, after all. We have an apple tree and Will uses the trimmings for his smoker---yum!!!! Pretty soon it will be fall and time to harvest the apples and make pies, and butter and more pies, and more butter and sauce and more pies. I love fall.

    Well Glue Squad and friends, there is something serious I wish to talk to you all about. You are the best of friends to me and to our Warrior Prince Basil, so this conversation is long overdue I fear. Today marks 3 months since my boy got his angel wings. His beds and toys are waiting for another to use them. He would want the joy of life continued with another, I know. Since you all were his closest friends, I want you to know the plan. I will have Basil's bills (I am not complaining,and would have done anything for my boy) probably paid off when the doors close from my craft show this fall. I have been working very hard making cards and crafts to do so. We know the very rescue we will go to that gets puppy litters and Moms in, and we know the very pet insurance we will get. Will says right after Christmas stuff is down, the new family member will come into the house, and 6 months later we will get another new family member. You see, it has been so empty and lonely, I never want to put myself in that position again,so 2 furry kids it will be. Many friends keep asking when and what will be the new arrival, and I wanted you all to be the first to know of the decision. I even wanted to foster, but Will knew I would get attached, and said no. This is slower, but is the right decision for us. This will not be replacing our Warrior Prince, but continuing his legacy.

    Have a great Tuesday all and Maddox I will be anxious to hear of Ming Ming and the hospital visit.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Morning ladies,
    I bet those apple branches smell good. Mimi sawed off a couple big old limbs off our apple tree. She had to be careful of a birds nest, though. It had been used by the cardinals. The squirrels have been pretty quiet here. I guess it's the heat.
    I got busted this morning. Papa went to work & I was waiting for Mimi to get her act together, got bored & hit the bathroom wastebasket. Tearing up tissue is so relaxing...........
    Hey Maddox, I bet Ming Ming's picture puts a smile on a lot of faces. You guys have such great smiley faces.
    Stay cool everybody, we still haven't broken the 1936 summer temps yet & those folks lived without A.C. It was 107 on this day in 1936 here in east central Illinois. Makes you think.....
    Til tomorrow.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Interesting about burning apple wood, it just makes sense...I'm glad to hear that mommie martha likes to use everything, I hate waste as well.
    You girls look sweet going through the apple trees! Oh squirrels like apples? I always throw my apple cores outside and someone eats them, so it just might be a squirrel...see I don't waste either ;-)

    Hallelujah we had rain! and Thunder-lightning storm, Kitty was out there somewhere, she finally came home about 7:30am looking like a drowned rat...she wanted to go out again after being dried and fed, she is sleeping in her outdoor covered bed...guess the sounds make her sleepy, she's not afraid of the loud thunder claps.

    Tomorrow more rain which is good for the crops.

    Ming Ming how nice that you got accepted as a therapy dog, bet you will be good at it helping those who need it, just by being there. Wow and a poster of you...cool!

    ok, off to my Java :-)

    be safe and happy today!
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, I did love to see your recent adventures in Maine and now seeing you girls helping protect the apple trees at the Bedford farm is magnificent! You two are such great helpers and sure hope you do keep the squirrels away from the apple trees and the hickory trees also! Where is brother GK? Is it too hot outside for him? Maddox, it stays rather cool here in the Puget Sound area but can get up to the 80&90 once in a while. How great that one of Karen's chows belong to Ming Ming will be therapy dog at the hospital! Sure would love to see that dog! Lynn, I will be so happy for you to get two new furry animals and sweet Basil will be proud also! Good luck! Kirby, so sorry your Mom had so much trouble with her apple trees with those darn squirrels! We've had squirrels knock down our hickory nuts. Rebel, sure hope you stay cool! We had 103 degrees one summer but it hasn't been that hot for a long time, thank God! Sure hope all of you have another great day and will check later to read more comments! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • I think Sharkey is dreaming of bacon! :)

    Wonder what delights Martha will use the apples for?

    Apple Pie
    Apple Brown Betty
    Apple Turnovers

    Ooh...now I'm thinking of apples....the autumn and all the delicious foods that go with that time of year.

    Happy Tuesday...
    gail

  • Back to work for the you two. Thanks for the info about Applewood Sharkey. Once again, I learn something new from the DW. Maddox that is so sweet about Ming Ming. I bet Karen is proud. Rebel you've been taking advice from Zoe joining the T.P. Club. :wink:

    Lynn that is outstanding news about you and Will adding new family members soon. You know that Ambassador Warrior Prince Basil and Tasha want you two to be happy. They are probably sending messages to your future family members telling them how wonderful you two are. :smile:

  • ..busy frenchies..you are so informative..good job Ming Ming!..proud of you! and Lynn, so glad to hear the annoucement...well, I must get off the computer, Lucinda has a dr. appt. and I must say bye to her..over and out, Cora-Belle

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