October 11, 2015
The trees in the orchard did not bear last year. This year they more than made up for it with a bumper crop of large, largely unblemished fruit. Because for years my pruning practices had more to do with the safe passage of mowers beneath the trees than ease of harvest, most of the apples are too high to reach. Of course if there are friends to operate the tractor, or even do a portion of the picking, that’s not such a serious problem.
Once two dozen bushel baskets arrived from the supplier, we were able to get at the job.