Our First Apples. Maine.

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Maine | No Comments

Apples...Our land. There are many things on it. One of them is apple trees. Quite a few. More then 15. They keep popping up, hidden, long neglected and abandoned, in odd places on the land.

AMO and apples

Alain pruned every one he could find. In the spring. Hard work. They are old. They are tall. They are late bloomers. Just ripening now.

Apple Tree Maine

We did not know what to expect.  More have been discovered. behind other trees, in the forest.

Apples in box
Many of the trees have very small apples, but a few  have apples that are proving to be a mix of crisp, tart, sweet and delicious. We have found at least four different varieties.

AMO and Tree

May the frost hold off so more will ripen. We plan to send photos to, or even try to meet,  the apple expert John Bunker to find out what kind of apples they are.

Apple Tree 2

First Year Garden, and Gardener, Reflections

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Maine | No Comments

Maine Apples Organic

There is something  magical about growing your own food. Feeding yourself. Becoming less reliant on the industrial food system.

This was our first year with a garden, and gardening. We had no clue, no experience and no idea…
Late Sunflower Maine
Nevertheless, we experimented! And low and behold, we had salad, watercress, potatoes (Yukon gold, russian banana), tomatoes (many types), arugula, kale, cilantro, waxbeans, green beans, haricots verts, dry beans, sunflowers, radishes, turnips, onions (red, yellow), basil, thyme, rosemary and mint. We also had wild blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and now . . . apples.
Our Apple Tree. Maine. Organic.

Maine: Canning, Kitties, Wood and the Garden

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Maine | No Comments

Tomatoes and pearsThe season is winding down. The leaves have changed color and are now rapidly falling. The garden continues to produce tomatoes (until that pesky frost arrives to stop them), kale, arugula, turnips, beans and radishes. We must learn how to put the garden to bed for winter. Sally, our kitty sitter, is giving us a truckload of mature horse manure. We will bag leaves.  We continue to compost. We bought an ax, a mallet, and a used wood chipper at a yard sale. Alain is chopping wood and perfecting his chansaw use. We canned our first tomatoes, ever. Kitty enjoyed . . . immensely.


Wood and chainsawchopping woodchainsaw hubbyCanned Tomatoes Kitty in canning jars