As a child I always loved the story of Johnny Appleseed, so when in my later lifetime I became interested in starting an apple orchard, envisioning my grandchildren coming into Grannie’s picking ripe, juicy, red apples, the idea of me as a “Grannie Appleseed” popped into my mind. So, Grannie Appleseed bought several varieties of young apple trees a few years ago but the vision of lots of apples hanging ripe from the five trees remains a dream to come true. Hopefully! The grandchildren crop is doing well, I must say. So far we are blessed with three granddaughters and one grandson and another grandson on the way!
Of course, I want to grow my apple trees organically and am reading and trying everything I can to do that because I believe organically grown food is the best way for us living now and for posterity. Weather, however, has been the biggest deterrent to my apple crop. The trees have looked really good and healthy but late frosts have destroyed the apple blossoms more than once and the last three years we have been devastated with grasshoppers which devour everything including making holes in the window screens. They ate all the leaves off the apple trees.
What kind of season will we have this year? Maybe we’ll see a few more apples than last year. A book that has been helpful in my apple orchard dream is The Apple Grower by Michael Phillips. I highly recommend it.
This is my first attempt at a blog and my first attempt at developing a thriving apple orchard! So, hang in there with me and maybe I can offer helpful and encouraging advice to others. Who knows? Grannie Appleseed may even blog on to share “idea seeds” on current and historical topics.