Apple Q & Q: Signs of a Healthy Tree in Year 1

“Know the ways of the ones who take care of you, so that you may take care of them.
Introduce yourself. Be accountable as the one who comes asking for life. Ask permission before taking. Abide by the answer. Never take the first. Never take the last. Take only what you need.
Take only that which is given.
Never take more than half. Leave some for others. Harvest in a way that minimizes harm.
Use it respectfully. Never waste what you have taken. Share.
Give thanks for what you have been given.
Give a gift, in reciprocity for what you have taken.
Sustain the ones who sustain you and the earth will last forever.”

~ Robin Wall Kimmerer

Topics Explored in this Q & Q:

~ Have I watered weekly as needed?

  • Continue as needed until November or ground freeze
    • 1” per week = one 5 gallon bucket per week

~ Tree Staking installed and stable for the Winter?

~ Grass, etc removed from base

~ Did I utilize Borer Control?

~ Leaves & Growth Tips? These often tell what I need to plan for in Year 2!

~ Soil Test Now (if I haven’t already)!

~ Non-Negotiables for Fall/Winter Prep!

  • Deer Protection for Winter!!!
  • Rodent Guards for Winter!!! Optional Interior White Latex Painting.
  • Picking up fallen fruit during the Summer & Fall reduces a number of insects
    • And is less attractive to Deer and Rodents!

~ Creating Tree Care Journal

There’s always so much more to share!

You’ll find more insight in our free online course, Apples & Organic Orcharding

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Sending love from our orchard to yours!

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