Pruning apple trees to a three by three central leader shape for strength against high winds and to prevent fungal infection.
The beginnings of the orchard project, and an early spring surprise.
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.
Daby Napthine shares her grandfather's 5 tips to growing healthy apple trees.
Expert advice on best organic fertilizer options for new apple trees and grape vines.
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.
The author figures out a way to outsmart tree-damaging rodents.
How to choose an apple tree to fit your space and needs.
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.
I was so excited to get this email from Ted Owens, president of Syncronos Design, as he’s a VIP in my world
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.
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.
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.
No juice extractor? No problem! This easy method for making fresh, delicious apple juice will have you sipping in no time.
Over 700 varieties of apples and pears, for $9 each, from Wagon Wheel Orchard, plus the family's crab apple jelly recipe.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS coordinated with orchards and cideries around the country to showcase America's most beloved apples and ciders.
The search for the long lost apples of Isaac Bowen Essex, the Fulton County Apple.
Apples in autumn are crisp and glorious. Use your fresh bounty to create this delicious homemade applesauce in a slow cooker.
Contributing editor Terry Krautwurst explains how you can learn basic tree identification skills, including recommendations for where to find classes and how to select a field guide.
Painting tree trunks white can help you reduce the effect of erratic temperatures on the trees’ bark.
Want fresh cider? Make your own cider press using these free plans.
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.
Collect apples from old homestead trees for the best in flavor for sauce and pies.
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.
Delicious latkes made with potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes are tasty and nutritious.
Growing organic apples isn’t impossible! Follow these tips and methods for avoiding pest damage and growing apples organically.
I feed my vegetable and fruit plants organically, taking into account our ocean-dwelling ancestors.
Spiced-apple rings add the perfect touch to a winter-friendly comfort food dinner.
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.
Save money by planting smaller trees and shrubs from mail-order sources.
"Local" is always the best answer, even when it comes to fruit trees.
Trees are beautiful and they are useful as sources of food and shelter, and for building and using as fuel.
The Solar Nite Eyes Predator Protection System helps ward predators away from your poultry, bees, trees and more. The Solar Nite Eyes are inexpensive, effective and easy to use. Try this method of predator protection around your homestead.
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.
Use your crockpot to make this cinnamon-sweet, apple candied cider treat perfect for warming up a cool autumn evening.
How to make spiced crab apples.
The Fall garden is bursting and the canning kettle hot as we draw summer to a close in North Central Idaho.
Make your Thanksgiving stuffing extra special this year with these recipes for homemade stuffing bread.
Most of us grew up with pickled cucumbers, and possibly with beets or onions – but in other eras or parts of the world, humans pickled a much greater variety of foods, including mushrooms, meats, and fruits. Some cookbooks from the 1800s carried recipes for pickling apples, and old radio programs from the Depression promoted it as a cheap and delicious way to get vitamins all year.
Maddy Harland describes the canopy layer of a temperate forest garden and shares some useful tips on designing and planting useful and edible tree crops.
A look at the wonderful mulberry tree.
Growing fruit trees in a home orchard requires some study as well as some prep.
National Arbor Day is April 25. Celebrate by learning about trees, volunteering or planting a tree at home!
Grow organic fruit trees and harvest bug-free, chemical-free fruit by covering your fruit with homemade bags made from row cover. Use row cover bags as an alternative to plastic bags. Row cover bags are more effective and have fewer issues than plastic bags.
Eco-Libris offers people the opportunity to off-set the books they read by planting trees in developing countries.
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.
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 hundred-year-old recipe for turning apple trimmings into vinegar yields mixed results, but lots of nostalgic fun.
"Folk Medicine" by D.C. Jarvis, M.D., written in 1958, explains how humans would do well to watch animals that know instinctively how to stay healthy. Jarvis advises drinking raw honey and apple cider vinegar for good health and vigor.
Cam is getting burned out on technology and seeks solace in his "low tech" garden.
A great recipe for the holidays or any time of the year!
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".
Update your favorite cinnamon rolls with warm spices, dark rum, and autumn’s favorite harvest—apples.
Spend the weekend preserving fall apples before they're all gone.
Add an efficient solar cooker to your winter emergency kit for hot meals during power outages. Even when you could have power, it's fun to roast potatoes or bake dessert off-grid on sunny winter days.
My favorite graft for these tree makeovers is known as a bark graft and the time to do it is just as leaves are beginning to poke out of recently dormant stems and the bark easily separates from the wood. Which is now, early May, here in New York’s Hudson Valley. Ideally, foot-long scions of one-year-old wood (last years growth) have been gathered a few weeks previous and have been kept dormant with refrigeration.
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.
Sam Benowitz and Tara Bittler are joining the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Blog Squad, and they break down the types of gardening and fruit-growing information they will share with you each week.
A profile of Japanese and American persimmons, excellent trees for the deep south.
Protect your home and yourself by making your property Firewise! Here are explanations on how to think of your property in zones and additional tips for protecting your home property.
Cam describes the challenges of winter driving and cutting down trees.
Michelle and Cam continue to debate whether a real tree or a fake tree is the better choice from an environmental perspective.....
Avoid frost damage to your fruit crops by following these tips for planting fruit trees and protecting them from frost.
Growing pine trees from seed will allow you to produce lots of trees very economically. Follow these instructions to propagate pine trees from seed.
4 or 40, growing up isnt always straight up. Branches, bumpy outcroppings and the occasional low hanging fruit serve as speed bumps on the road of life.
Gardeners don't have to live in a semi-tropical zone to grow organic lemons, limes, oranges, and other citrus fruits. Proper technique with potted plants can yield a bounty of delicately flavored, vitamin-rich citrus.
Figs, grapes, hazels, rabbiteye blueberries, and gooseberries are among the easiest plants to propagate using cuttings, layering, or just by digging up suckers.
A profile of the wonderfully tough loquat tree.
Odwalla's Plant A Tree program enters its third year with a donation of twice as many trees to be planted in all 50 states as well as participating state park programs.
The future of the Pavlovsk Station in Russia is in jeopardy due to a pending housing development project. Find out what you can do to help save the world’s largest holding of rare berries and trees.
Tips for limiting your exposure to pollen to help manage allergy symptoms.
Clearing your land to ready it for farming can be quite a challenge!
Typical suburban landscaping is a maintenance expense with no return to the owner and often diminishes the habitat for the living things around us. One alternative is to create a forest island that provides flowers for pollinators and food for people with little to no maintenance cost.
Growing peach pits doesn't get much easier than this.
You can get twigs to graft onto your rootstock for the price of shipping a padded envelope, allowing you to grow rare fruit-tree varieties for nearly nothing.
The next installment of Maddy Harland's blog series on forest gardening. This week how to choose the lower canopy.
This article is part two in Julie’s sugar-making series and will show you how to collect and store sap, and prepare your sugar shack or boiling room to get ready to make pure maple syrup.
Pruning perennials is essential for plant health and vigorous production.
Fall sheet mulching of perennial plantings assists in fertility and weed suppression.
A homemade solar food dryer allows you to dry tomatoes and apples for delicious and nutritious winter snacks and addition to your meals.
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.
Support America's artisan cider makers by putting locally made sweet and hard apple cider on the Thanksgiving table this year.
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.
The Washington State Conservation Commission gave away trees at the Mother Earth News Fair as part of their conservation efforts.
The week-long STIHL Tour des Trees is an international cycling tour combining natural beauty, camaraderie and fundraising for the benefit of urban trees.
Cycle Oregon in support of tree research and education.
It's winter time. Take a break from the holiday madness to enjoy a little of what nature has to offer this season.
It's mid-February, time to start thinking about spring! Ira Wallace helps us make our garden plan, remember our perennials, and Plant a Row for the Hungry this year.
A story of one of our camping trips to Torreya State Park, Florida.
How we expect the unexpected and turn blow down trees into lumber.
We wade through deep snow to trim limbs and cut dead trees and nothing goes to waste.
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.
Thoreau, Rachel Carson, Bill McKibbon, Terry Tempest Williams. Do you have a favorite nature or environmental writer? A book or story you can get lost in, that inspires you to action, or simply reminds you of how incredible nature is? Post a comment to share the titles that invite you into the wonder of the natural world — or have maybe even changed your life.
Those who garden know that weeding is often essential to growing good vegetables or fruits. In a forest, sunlight too is a limiting factor. By knowing which tree to cut and which to leave, forest health can be improved. Cutting for firewood can serve as an incentive to "weed" on the ultra-perennial scale.
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.
Baking the Great American Apple Pie chases away the blues and grays that sometimes afflict the homestead.
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!
You don't have to depend on nature to feed your bees. Take matters into your own hands and plant enough good food for your bees, so they have good, safe food all year long.
Discover the Ozarks region's natural beauty and adventure hot spots as told by Mike McArthy of Photozarks.
A little background on how Ric and Vicki moved from Detroit to a Tennessee homestead, and starting to get up to date on what they've done since.
One of our most common grasses is limiting the bobwhite quail population, killing broodmares and their foals, rotting cow hooves, and cutting milk production.