Produce from the Orchard

We have a little orchard which the previous owners planted. For years we didn’t know what to do with it. The apple trees were all espaliered and required special trimming. We had some trouble with insects and fungus, but we didn’t want to spray toxic chemicals all over the place. So basically we ignored it, and by last year there was basically no production, and we just considered the trees good for shade.

But last winter we kept the sheep in the orchard because it was easy access to the shelter, and of course they pooped all over and tramped it in with their feet, and here it is the end of summer, and we had a bumper crop of cherries earlier this year, and now we have (from left to right) asian pears, regular pears, and three kinds of apples! And LOTS of them. Next year I would get bigger fruit if I cull back some of the fruit when they’re smaller and give them room to grow.

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