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Apples

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Varieties:
A wide range of varieties are available;Cooking Apples: Peasgood’s Nonsuch, Granny Smith, Bramleys SeedlingEating Apples: Braeburn, Royal Gala, Baujade, Liberty

When, where and how to plant:
The best selection of Apple trees will be available during the winter months. As the trees are dormant, it is the ideal planting time.Plant in fertile well-drained soil. In a sunny position away, protect from strong winds when trees are young. Bare rooted plants must be planted during the winter months.

Growing Guide:
Water well during dry periods and when the fruit is developingPrune annually to shape, removing any dead or diseased wood. After initial shaping of apple trees, the only pruning necessary is the removal of excess twiggy growth. Apple trees usually produce fruit on spurs, short stubby growths attached to main branches. They continue producing on the same spurs for a number of years. Mulch in spring. Support the tree with stakes at planting time. Thin the fruit in late Spring/early Summer if tree seems over loaded with fruit. In most residential areas Apples will oftenbe pollinated by bees from nearby Apple and Crabapple trees. Some varieties are self fertile.

Harvest:
When fruit starts to ripen, pick from the tree, trying to leave the stalk on the apple. You will know when your apples are ripening as you will notice wind falls on the ground.

How to use:
Depending on the apple variety you have they can be used in numerous ways from pies, muffins and crumbles to sauces for meat. They sweeten and add flavour to stews, soups and casseroles, and of course eaten straight off the tree!