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Pruning Correctly Will Enhance Fruit Production #2 – Fruit Trees

Before you start pruning fruit producing trees and bushes you must know and understand it’s fruiting habits.

Prune trees when they are dormant. Wait until a tree is dormant before pulling out the sheers! This is best for the tree and easiest for you. It’s easier to see where to make your cuts when the leaves have fallen. Pruning should be done in late fall, winter, or early spring. Exact timing will vary by zone, as winter months differ by zone.

Prune fruit trees to attain certain shapes. Remove weak, diseased, injured or narrow angle branches (the weaker of any crossing or interfering branches), and one branch of forked limbs. Also remove upright branches and any that grow toward the center of tree. You want to keep your tree from becoming too thick and crowded and to keep its height reasonable. All these objectives promote improved bearing, which is your overall aim.

Pruning Apple, Pear, European Blue Plums & Cherry Trees.
These trees do best when pruned and trained to a central leader tree. This type of tree has a pyramidal shape with a single upright leader limb as its highest point. This leader is the newest extension of a long, upright growing trunk from which all lateral branches arise. As with all strong growing branches, the leader should be headed back each year. The uppermost bud on the leader produces a vigorous new leader, and no other shoot should be allowed to grow taller. Lateral limbs should be selected from shoots growing out from the central leader. These should be spaced vertically 4-6” apart, have growth that is more horizontal than vertical and point in different compass directions from the trunk.

Pruning Peach, Nectarine, Japanese Plums & Apricot Trees.
These trees do best when pruned and trained to a vase-shape. This type of tree should have no central leader. The shape of the tree is controlled by selecting and maintaining three to five main scaffold limbs arising from the trunk. These limbs should point in different directions and originate no less than 18″ and no more than 36” from the ground balancing growth evenly between the scaffold limbs.

Miniature Peach, Nectarine & Apricot Trees.
These do not require shaping cuts. However, because they grow so densely, they require regular dormant thinning cuts to remove competing and crossing limbs.

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Candy Apples – Popcorn Balls – Not Just For Halloween

candy-apples1 Source Candy Apples

It doesn’t get any easier than this.

Ingredients
Unsalted butter, for parchment paper
{aluminum foil and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray}
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring, (optional)
1/2 cup red cinnamon candies, like Red Hots
6 to 12 Smallish size Apples (6 medium apples, or 12 lady apples)

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, butter parchment, and set aside. In a medium heavy bottomed saucepan, combine sugar, 3/4 cup water, corn syrup, and food coloring, if using. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium high. Insert candy thermometer and continue to boil until temperature reaches between 300 degrees and 310 degrees (hard crack stage), about 20 minutes.
* {Once the candy reaches 250, add the cinnamon flavor candies and stir briefly to incorporate}
Insert a wooden stick into the top of each apple, pushing about halfway through; set aside. When mixture reaches temperature, immediately remove from heat. Working quickly, dip apples in sugar mixture until completely coated. Transfer to prepared baking sheet; allow to cool.

** Caramel apples
6 apples
1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons milk

Remove the stem from each apple and press a craft stick into the top. Butter a baking sheet.
Place caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave 2 minutes, stirring once. Allow to cool briefly.
Roll each apple quickly in caramel sauce until well coated. Place on prepared sheet to set.

Easy candied Apples
Old-fashioned style candied apples
Caramel, Chocolate and Candy Apples

Libbys classic pumpkin pie
Homemade Pumpkin Pie – from Real Pumpkins
Betty Crocker Pumpkin pie

Easy Popcorn Balls
Pioneer Woman Popcorn Balls
Traditional Popcorn Balls
Hint Put small popcorn balls on a wooden skewer.

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USDA Approves Biotech Apple

Source U.S. approves first biotech apple that resists browning

For the good or the bad of it USDA has approved a ‘Biotech’ apple.

U.S. regulators approved what is the first commercialized biotech apple, rejecting efforts by the organic industry and other GMO critics to block the new fruit. USDA said “it had determined the apples were unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agriculture and are not likely to have a significant impact on the human environment.”

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has approved two genetically engineered apple varieties designed to resist browning. Developed by a Canadian company, Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.

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