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    Talking New apple trees

    Great to read about everyone's garden's here so I thought I'd share some of this week gardening news from my side of the pond!!

    Well I went to ISSA (Irish Seed Savers Association) to order 4 bare root apple trees for delivery this winter (M9 rootstock) and when I arrived there was a sale on just too good to miss I came home with 3 trees that I hadn't quite planned on buying this year (over all, we want 12 in over the next few years).
    3 year old potted Ard Cairn Russet (eater) (M26)
    2 year old potted Glenstall abbey (cooker) (M106)
    2 year old potted Keegan (eater) (M26)

    All for the total sum of 31.50 that's a really good price (they normally retail at 25 each) & while slightly larger rootstocks have been gotten it means i can adjust the final amount of apple trees I need to plant.

    In other news, I've gotten my onions in and on drying racks, I've started harvesting my cereal rye and I'm about 8 weeks left before first frost so I'm trying to figure out what fast crop I can get in the garden before then!!

    Read a great post about people pickling so I'm going to give it a go ( I have bits of broccolli, cauliflowers, kale left). It'll be my first time trying that I'd love to have a go at piccallili!

    Would love to hear some of everybody's favourite apple/fruit trees in their gardens?

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    Mentes, Congratulations on the great price on the apple trees! It sounds like you're busy in the garden. My favorite apple trees are pink lady and pippin. Good luck with the pickling...

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    I've got three that are so old, I don't know the varieties! One is a cooking apple, similar to a Bramley, but sweeter, the other is similar to a Worcester, and the other is a hybrid eating apple cooker, with a russet skin.

    I've also got Cox's orange Pippin, Blenheim, Worcester and Bramley.

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    I'm not sure what kind ours are - they are small and green, but tasty. We have two kinds of plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines, pears, feijoa, limes, oranges, and cherries. My cherry trees (Stella self-pollinating) produce the best, which is odd - everyone else in my town has no luck with cherries.

    Even though my lot is only 75'x100, we still have room for more trees. I'm waiting for the drought to end (California) to plant.

    Sounds like you got a good deal on some fairly mature trees!
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    I'm not sure what kind ours are - they are small and green, but tasty. We have two kinds of plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines, pears, feijoa, limes, oranges, and cherries. My cherry trees (Stella self-pollinating) produce the best, which is odd - everyone else in my town has no luck with cherries.

    Even though my lot is only 75'x100, we still have room for more trees. I'm waiting for the drought to end (California) to plant.

    Sounds like you got a good deal on some fairly mature trees!
    "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. -- Gandalf

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    Quote Originally Posted by awakenedsoul View Post
    Mentes, Congratulations on the great price on the apple trees! It sounds like you're busy in the garden. My favorite apple trees are pink lady and pippin. Good luck with the pickling...
    Thanks awakenedsoul, I have 2kg of veg salting at the moment, I'm on track for some picallili! I tried pink lady last year and it a lovely apple.

    Quote Originally Posted by IshbelRobertson View Post
    I've got three that are so old, I don't know the varieties! One is a cooking apple, similar to a Bramley, but sweeter, the other is similar to a Worcester, and the other is a hybrid eating apple cooker, with a russet skin.

    I've also got Cox's orange Pippin, Blenheim, Worcester and Bramley.
    Hi Ishbel, the bramley is the only apple tree I have in at the moment,we had 3 in for the last 10 years, cropping heavily but the storm last winter took two. I've heard great things about the Cox' orange but haven't heard of the other varieties, must read up....

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardenarian View Post
    I'm not sure what kind ours are - they are small and green, but tasty. We have two kinds of plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines, pears, feijoa, limes, oranges, and cherries. My cherry trees (Stella self-pollinating) produce the best, which is odd - everyone else in my town has no luck with cherries.

    Even though my lot is only 75'x100, we still have room for more trees. I'm waiting for the drought to end (California) to plant.

    Sounds like you got a good deal on some fairly mature trees!
    Hi Gardenarian, that's a pretty impressive list of fruit trees (colour me green ), would love to try some cherries and figs here at a later point, what I do have in our hedges are a couple of Damson trees and it turns out the a neighbour has greengages in his, so I'm going to try and do something with them this year. I must look up exactly what a feijoa is & sorry to hear about the drought, I'd imagine watering at the moment is a huge job for you.

    Great to read what everybody's up to!

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