The ManyTracks Orchard
Sweet Cow Apple
seedling apple along Fox Road
grafted 2022, on wild seedling
2023 - Vigorous, healthy growth.
2022 - Mid February I cut two good scions off the road tree for grafting, stored with other scions in the root cellar to graft in spring. End May grafted to wild seedling south of hangar, east of Wolfe rt gr, about 4 ft high. Vigorous growth 28". Some leaf issues and aphids but OK (many trees had leaf issues this year).
Since we lost most of our apple harvest due to the late May freeze when trees
were in full bloom I went looking along the road for apples. In mid August on my
way to pick some off the the south cow pasture road tree I'd named Cowgate I
noticed another road-side tree half way between the main gate and those southern
two trees. A similar large wild planted tree but it had a good crop of apples,
not yet mature. A month later I went back and though the apples had good flavor
they were still quite firm and not quite mature. They looked good, medium size.
I decided to wait another week or two. A week later, Sept. 24, someone had
pretty much stripped the tree! It's hard to get any ripe road apples when the
deer hunters start feed-baiting deer. But I took the pole-picker and managed to
get 3 1/2# of mostly over-ripe apples near the top (obviously should have picked
them the previous week). They were very juicy and sweet - like eating
applesauce! I marked a few good growth to cut for scions late winter.
While I was picking a cow came over and stood patiently beside the fence
waiting. I tossed her one, landing close to her face and she calmly ate it. Then
waited. So I found another and this time my toss went beyond her, but she wasn't
inclined to walk out of her way for that one.
Plan to graft onto a small seedling north of the north garden gate, and south of the Post Office grafted tree in front of the hangar. It will be real interesting to see how the fruit on this tree is next year. I'll be watching closely!
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Have you read "Frost Dancing - Tips from a Northern Gardener" ? A fun short read.
or "Homesteading Adventures" Creating our backwoods homestead--the first 20 years.
and "Growing Berries for Food and Fun" A journey you can use in your own garden.