July 24th, 2012
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!
1 Hey Sharkey! Look at all of these piles of branches on the ground in between the apple espaliers!
2 It looks like Chhewang is pruning the apple trees. I guess they have gotten quite big, lately!
3 Sharkey, should we help? All of these branches are going to the wood chipper and then spread over the compost piles, right?
4 While we do that for most trimmed branches, these are special!
5 Applewood branches are excellent when used in smoking! Have you ever heard of applewood smoked bacon? This is how you make it!
6 When burned, the branches can infuse meat and seafood with a rich, smoky 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!
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.
9 Hmmm, Francesca, that smells like the pesky old squirrel you were chasing yesterday!
10 We better track him. Squirrels love to eat apples, and we need to protect this year's harvest!
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