Growing organic apples isn’t impossible! Follow these tips and methods for avoiding pest damage and growing apples organically.
The beginnings of the orchard project, and an early spring surprise.
I feed my vegetable and fruit plants organically, taking into account our ocean-dwelling ancestors.
Daby Napthine shares her grandfather's 5 tips to growing healthy apple trees.
Saving butternut squash seeds while using a sledge hammer and putting up a roof and planning a seed swap. Also planning a high density apple orchard with a new variety called Zestar.
Characteristics of early summer apples and an applesauce recipe from MeMa’s Bakery in Kansas City.
Here's a recipe for a delectable apple pie made from windfall apples.
Growing fruit trees in a home orchard requires some study as well as some prep.
Slightly underripe apples that fall to the ground must be picked up, so why not cut away the bugs and bruises and put them to good use? Here’s how to turn windfall apples into supernutritious drinks and snacks.
The past year was a rewarding one for apple discovery, because I potentially found the apple that started my apple search about sixteen years ago — the ‘Harper’s Seedling’ apple.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS coordinated with orchards and cideries around the country to showcase America's most beloved apples and ciders.
No juice extractor? No problem! This easy method for making fresh, delicious apple juice will have you sipping in no time.
Learn about the Ben Davis Apple, one if not the most important commercial apple of the late 1800s, and get a recipe for Apple Dumplings.
Over 700 varieties of apples and pears, for $9 each, from Wagon Wheel Orchard, plus the family's crab apple jelly recipe.
There used to be, from Maine to Georgia and west to the Mississippi river, 20.000 grafted apple varieties. Today, when commercialism is king and the most known apple varieties are the 5 kinds offered in the supermarket those old varieties are worth paying attention to. As with all things around us, diversity is interesting and sustainable.
The search for the long lost apples of Isaac Bowen Essex, the Fulton County Apple.
Painting tree trunks white can help you reduce the effect of erratic temperatures on the trees’ bark.
Pruning apple trees to a three by three central leader shape for strength against high winds and to prevent fungal infection.
A permaculture-based, 2,000-acre farm in Northern California integrates grassfed livestock with orchard farming.
This fall, while the chickens were still living with the goats, we had decided to fence off the leg and seed it with pasture seed. I wasn't sure if we should seed it for the chickens or for the goats. After doing some research we ended up going with
Focus on Food records an episode from Chaffin Orchards and discusses sustainable farming and the ethics of eating meat.
Collect apples from old homestead trees for the best in flavor for sauce and pies.
Old-fashioned cider pressing embodies fall — and creates a delicious treat! Rick Godsil of Wagon Wheel Orchard shares fond memories of pressing cider on the family orchard.
This recipe for apple stock adds a depth of fall flavor to dishes normally cooked with chicken stock or vegetable stock, such as butternut squash soup.
Apple expert Gary Paul Nabhan reviews a new book: Old Southern Apples by Creighton Lee Calhoun, Jr.
Want fresh cider? Make your own cider press using these free plans.
Delicious latkes made with potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes are tasty and nutritious.
Espalier allows a gardener to grow a dwarf fruit tree along a wall or fence, binding it for support, and sculpting the branches to follow certain lines, as Japanese artists do with bonsai trees.
Self-pollinating apple trees allow homeowners with little space to reap the benefits of this fresh, nutritious fruit. While typical apple breeds require planting at least two trees in the same space so they can pollinate each other, self-fertile trees can produce fruit without another tree around.
Freshly picked apples make a perfect treat for any age in this week’s Photo of the Week. Keep snapping and sharing for your chance to have one featured in the magazine!
Check out these resources to learn more about heirloom apples, as well as the how-to and history of cider-making.
How to make spiced crab apples.
Expert advice on best organic fertilizer options for new apple trees and grape vines.
Sue Van Slooten shares her easy recipe for apple strudel— a delicious pastry of phyllo dough, apples, spices, and of course, butter.
How a hopelessly damaged apple tree has delivered lessons of hope since 2007.
Fresh apple cider is a traditional part of fall harvest celebrations - a part that we at MOTHER EARTH NEWS wouldn't miss! We put the Whizbang Apple Grinder and Cider Press to the test, and happily sampled the fresh apple cider as a result.
Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about growing up on the frontier for both her and her husband. Her book about Almanzo's childhood recalls some of his favorite foods, including "fried apples 'n' onions".
A great recipe for the holidays or any time of the year!
Brown rot is a serious disease of peaches, plums, and other stone fruits. For organic gardeners, spraying at-risk fruits with a milk solution can give good control.
Avoid frost damage to your fruit crops by following these tips for planting fruit trees and protecting them from frost.
A hundred-year-old recipe for turning apple trimmings into vinegar yields mixed results, but lots of nostalgic fun.
Cam is getting burned out on technology and seeks solace in his "low tech" garden.
A neglected, overgrown, old apple tree does have charm, its gnarled, elbowed branches seemingly ready to reach out for a hug. The fruits, unfortunately, more often than not are too small, too pest-ridden, and too high in the tree. My fear of heights makes the last deficiency most important to me. Large, clean fruits are for nought if I can’t bring myself to climb a ladder or the branches for harvest.
Food preservationist Tammy Kimbler teaches you how to make apple pie fruit leather from urban-foraged apples.
Just in time for holiday season (and good all year long), you can use tart, just-picked apples to create a flavorful apple butter that’s perfect to give — or keep.
A homemade solar food dryer allows you to dry tomatoes and apples for delicious and nutritious winter snacks and addition to your meals.
The author figures out a way to outsmart tree-damaging rodents.
describing the upcoming fun photo contest with the theme being chickens and the fun they either have or give. Figs and more figs are at the heart of the obsession.
Support America's artisan cider makers by putting locally made sweet and hard apple cider on the Thanksgiving table this year.
Urban food forests and public gardens provide communities with an edible landscape for everyone to share. These public fruit forests are the new trend in urban agriculture and play an important role as sustainable local food systems in their communities.
Comparing different home made do it yourself chicken carriers for the Tractor Supply animal swap this past Saturday. Reporting on edible mushroom cultivation harvest and what it takes to pick the right disease resistant apple variety.
When autumn brings a glut of orchard fruits, capture the goodness as juice by cooking extraction or cold pressing. Juices can be used alone or mixed to produce sweet or hard ciders, wines, syrups, and more.
No one will miss the meat when you serve up fabulous vegetarian versions of Thanksgiving favorites. Try two versions of mushroom stuffing, mushroom gravy or delicious roasted Brussels sprouts this holiday!
Baking the Great American Apple Pie chases away the blues and grays that sometimes afflict the homestead.
Top bar hive modifications, turkey traps, and gourmet potatoes are just a few of the topics covered in the past week of blogging we've been up to. Homesteading healthcare and a new virtual book club round off the week with several reader comments.