Category Archives: orchards

The Apple Wizard for picking up apples

Well the Apple Wizard looks very efficient at picking up apples off a nice clean lawn in the short video example below: Does anybody have experience in using such a device for real in a cider orchard or is it … Continue reading

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Sharps Orchard Cider – Abbey Ales Hells Bells

Acclaimed Cornish brewery Sharp’s of Rock near Padstow has teamed up with Cornish Orchards to produce a cider for the UK market. Orchard Cider is made from 100% local cider apples and is being trialled in selected outlets in Cornwall … Continue reading

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Loss of Traditional Orchards Threatens Species

Matt Helliwell on the ukcider email discussion group pointed us to an interesting article on the BBC website about the National Trust campaign to retain what’s left of the country’s traditional orchards. Orchard losses ‘threaten species’ Traditional fruit orchards are … Continue reading

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Apple tree grafting – the saddle graft

Apple tree grafting – the saddle graft, another video in the series of Stephen Hayes Fruitwise guide to apple tree pruning. I’m taking notes because it helps me to learn and remember: The saddle graft is quick and easy. 1060 … Continue reading

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Book: Manmade Eden – Historic Orchards in Somerset and Gloucestershire

Author James Russell contacted me about research for a new book about cider. A previous book called “Manmade Eden – Historic Orchards in Somerset and Gloucestershire” is well worth a mention at this point. It features interviews with John Thatcher … Continue reading

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Pruning the Bramley apple tree

Pruning the bramley apple tree, the famous cooking apple. The Bramley apple has a red flush, and it’s a good quality cooking apple which ripens to a yellow sweetness if kept long enough. But ┬áthe tree can be challenging. You … Continue reading

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Apple tree pruning video 4 – using the saw

Part 4 of Stephen Hayes Fruitwise videos about pruning apple trees. Looking at the pruning saw, more important than the secteurs. Needs to be sharp or else not fit for purpose. Cut on the back stroke. Japanese silky fox. Removing … Continue reading

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