Grow your own organic apples! Plant trees in either spring or fall. Explains how to: choose disease resistant varieties, use permaculture techniques like guilding, prune branches and thin flowers, bag young fruit to protect from pests, and identify nutrient deficiencies.:
PRUNING APPLE TREES: First Winter: If there has been a lot of new growth, choose 3 to 5 branches for the first set of scaffold branches. These branches should spiral around the trunk with about 4 inches vertical distance between each branch. Cut off the other side branches and any vertical branches that may compete with the leader. Prune back the main leader shoot, but keep it as the highest part of the tree to maintain your pyramid shape.
Yes, it is possible to grow big, beautiful apples without any spraying at all! Start with disease resistant varieties, and follow common sense permaculture principles. If you want truly perfect apples, go the extra mile and bag the young fruit.
Fruit trees work hard for their keep, providing a strong winter outline, a spring show of beautiful blossoms and a bountiful harvest in summer and fall. Here's how to choose and plant the right types for your garden.