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All About Apples

Apples are the quintessential fall fruit, and whatever your taste, there's an apple for you.

Photo by LADY KATYA under the Creative Commons Attribution Licesne 2.0.

Apples are the quintessential fall fruit, and whatever your taste, there’s an apple for you. Some swear by the sweet flavor of Honeycrisp apples; others prefer the tart taste of Ida Red or Granny Smith. Apples can be eaten fresh or used them to prepare all kinds of sweet and savory dishes, from soups to desserts.

Apple trees are widely grown in temperate regions, and they can do well in the backyard orchard if grown in full sun and well-drained soil. Apple trees are not self pollinating, so you will need at least two varieties.

Below you’ll find links to information on apple varieties, apple growing, training apple trees, controlling apple pests, and apple recipes.

Growing, training, and caring for apple trees
How to Grow No-Spray Organic Apples How to Grow No-Spray Organic Apples
Apples are subject to lots of pests and diseases, but one grower has discovered a low-tech way to grow high-quality fruit you won’t be afraid to eat.

     
 Columnar Apple Trees for Suburban Yards   Columnar Apple Trees for Suburban Yards
These micro-trees will produce normal-sized apples the first year you plant them! God bless the experimenters.
     
 How to Grow Espalier Apple Trees   How to Grow Espalier Apple Trees
Produce more fruit in less space with this centuries-old technique. Ron Wade guides us step-by-step through the first three years in the life of an espaliered apple tree.
     
 How to prune an apple tree   How to Prune an Old Apple Tree
Proper pruning can bring an old tree back to health and let you reap the fruit of your labor.
     
 Video: Controlling apple maggots   Video: Controlling Apple Maggots
If you you live east of the Rockies and grow apple trees, you’ve probably been “bugged” by apple maggots, or railroad worms. Luckily, apple maggots are easy to control without spraying. Here’s how to create a simple pesticide-free trap for just a few dollars.
     
Apple varieties
Honeycrisp  

Calville Blanc d'Hiver Cox's Orange Pippin 11 pest-free apple varieties to grow
Honeycrisp Apples
  Antique Apple Varieties   A Dozen Antique Apples to Collect   11 Flavorful, Pest-Free Apple Varieties
             
The best of the fall-harvest apples   Classic apples for classic American pie   Stayman Winesaps   Sources for apple trees
The Best of the Fall-Harvest Apples   Apples for Classic American Pie   Eat an Apple a Day — in Many Ways   Sources for Apple Trees

Apple recipes
Breakfast Fruit Bowl  

Celeriac and Apple Salad Squash, Apple, and Onion Pizza Homemade Applesauce
Breakfast Fruit Bowl
  Celeriac and Apple Salad   Squash, Apple, and Onion Pizza   Homemade Applesauce
             
Country Apple Pie   Crab Apple Pie  

Apple recipes from FineCooking.com

Autumn Apple Desserts

More apple recipes…

Country Apple Pie   Crab Apple Pie        
Learn more about growing apples in your region…

Apple Scab
University of Illinois Extension
https://urbanext.illinois.edu/focus/applescab.cfm

Care of Mature Backyard Apple Trees
University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
https://extension.unh.edu/resources/representation/Resource000582_Rep604.pdf

Growing Apple Trees in the Home Garden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-8301.html

Growing Apples in the Home Orchard
Ohio State University
https://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/pdf/1401.pdf

Growing Apples in Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin
https://learningstore.uwex.edu/assets/pdfs/A3565.PDF

Home Fruit Production: Apples
University of Missouri-Columbia
https://extension.missouri.edu/explorepdf/agguides/hort/g06021.pdf

Homegrown Pesticide-Free Apples in New York
Cornell  University
https://www.gardening.cornell.edu/factsheets/ecogardening/hgapples.html

Planting and Training a Dwarf Apple Tree
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
https://courses.nres.uiuc.edu/HORT100/oldsite/dwarf/index.htm

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