Lori Whit

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I have a sideways leaning tree planted years ago at my parents place.  It's over a decade old now and gives us lots of apples.  We don't prune it, and leaning sideways doesn't hurt it.

I try to plant my trees better now so they'll be less likely to lean in the future, but I wouldn't cut down or over prune to "correct" that.  It's cosmetic in my opinion.

I wouldn't cut down a tree that might have some disease if it's producing a healthy fruit.  There's a LOT of fruit tree diseases out there.  You're further ahead, by my line of thinking, to give the tree supplementation to help it be healthier, rather than trust to luck that your next tree just magically won't have disease--as well as losing years of production while you're waiting for that tree to reach production.

To me your tree looks like it's doing good without having a lot of extra resources.  I wouldn't mess with it much.  If it was me, I'd give it some fish fertilizer and leave it alone otherwise, and enjoy years more fruit.  And plant more young trees, because you can't have too many apples!

I think sometimes the best thing to do is wait, observe, and try to learn.  What we think is the way things are supposed to be isn't always the only way things work for more natural farming / growing practices (and still often has good yields--like the "escaped" apple trees some people find that give abundant fruit in less than optimal growing conditions, with no pruning.)  Sometimes we think we have to fix things that might not actually be a problem.

Have you watched this video about pruning?

I hope you find what works for you. 
4 days ago
Trees that grow in place from seed (without disturbing the original roots) are almost always more hearty to the environment, better adjusted and with stronger roots.  Is this an option for you, in this environment? 

Tree roots can do some amazing things.  It's almost certainly worth trying. 
1 month ago
Have you guys read this article from Twisted Tree Farm?

WHY I GROW APPLES FROM SEED http://www.twisted-tree.net/new-page-2/

Great information, lovely pics, and this nugget:

    A request made to the Geneva Agricultural Experiment Station in NY will get you 100 free seeds sent from the Kazakhstan apples they planted.

I didn't see anything about this on the site but I only looked briefly.  A wonderful possible resource!
3 months ago
Can you view successful young wild forest edges anywhere in your climate, Kostas?  Where I live there are lots of wild trees growing; they grow extremely close to one another if given the chance, and seem pretty happy that way, obviously trying to form a thick forest canopy that would gradually, in time, become old growth with wider spacing.  But all starts as thickly, close-together growing as possible, it seems.  Our human minds desire distance between plants (trees or other) for optimal plant health for an individual plant, but in the wild overall growth and soil health do seem to be more important. 

This year my (temperate) backyard has decided to sprout about a dozen nut trees--acorn and hickory, mostly. Several are very close together in groupings of 2 to 6, planted only inches apart by the squirrels.  I'm going to try to let them grow and see how they fare, if they do as they will in the wild, and grow happily together from a young age into greater maturity if not cut down.  From what I've heard, these trees don't transplant well, so the choice is to let them grow or cut them down.  I'd like to let them try as long as I can, and hopefully learn something from the natural pattern of growth.
3 months ago
I've been putting bare root trees in a bucket of wet sand when I can't get to them right away.  It's still pretty cold here so there's no dormancy breaking happening outside in wet sand.  Warm weather would probably be a different story, but hopefully I'll have everything planted by then.
5 months ago
Colette O'Neill: https://bealtainecottage.com

Three acre permaculture holding in Ireland, conceived and planted by one woman (a grandmother!) on previously abused land.  She's very inspiring!  I try to watch all her YouTube videos. 
5 months ago

Another video discussing planting from seeds (as well as a pear juice tutorial). 

Rareseeds.com still hasn't listed the apple seeds, so maybe they changed their minds or it didn't work out for some reason.

Personally, I've decided to plant sassafras instead.  Maybe someday I will be able to plant myself some apples from seed, but I think this isn't the year.
6 months ago
I think this article is of interest.  I read it last year shortly after it was posted, and I still think about it and wonder how the people are doing today.  If they've been able to grow more of their own food.  If they've found ways to create and keep alive community.  If they've survived.

What happened when Walmart left

7 months ago