A large courtyard is positioned parallel to this estate's fruit orchard, the two spaces separated by a hedge. Throughout the property, charming details, like the St. Francis statue seen here, bring a special magic.
Modern apple orchards often resemble more of an espalier planting, with trees arranged along wires and fruit bearing branches formed horizontally along a narrow path. These types of plantings are known as spindle orchards and feature high density tree plantings with 1,000 trees per acre. The arrangement results in easier harvest and tree maintenance coupled with high yields.
Head out to a local orchard to enjoy apple picking on a crisp fall day. You may not want a peck, but once you discover that apples tucked in a refrigerator drawer last for weeks, you may want to pick more apples than you need for fresh eating and preserving. Many orchards also sell seconds, blemished fruits that are ideal for sauce or crumble. Snatch these up at a discount price and focus your picking efforts on picture-perfect apples for fresh eating.
You can find apples growing in every state in the continental United States. The top apple-yielding states? Washington, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and Virginia. The most popular apple raised in the country is ‘Red Delicious,’ followed by No. 2 favorite ‘Golden Delicious.’ Despite similar names, these apples are not related.
'Shiro' is a sweet, juicy, yellow-skinned plum rated for orchards or gardens in USDA zones 5 to 9. This clingstone-type variety should be grown with a a pollinator such as ‘Compass’, ‘Superior’ or ‘Toka’.
'Maypole’is a columnar apple tree with a straight, main leader and lots of narrow side branches. Hardy in zones 4 to 8, it’s ideal for small orchards or gardens. Use the apples, which are ready to pick by mid-September, for cooking into jams and jellies. T
Visit an orchard, and you might expect to reach up and pick a few choice apples, or scramble up a ladder to reach the higher fruits. Time honored traditional apple orchard plantings have showcased individual trees with rounded heads lined up in rows. This is the apple tree schoolchildren see in storybooks and the one most folks expect when heading out to the orchard.
The miracle in this plant's common name refers to its mature, gumdrop-sized berries, which make sour foods taste sweet after you eat them. Synsepalum dulcificum, from tropical West Africa, is hardy to zone 10 and has a slow, shrubby growth habit. You'll want to hand pollinate for a good yield.
Before taking your dog along to a local u-pick orchard, be sure to call first. Some orchards welcome dogs on leashes, while others don’t. If you do take your favorite pooch, don’t forget to take the necessary gear to clean up after him.
Early-fruiting 'Pickering' (Mangifera indica hybrid) is a mango that you can grow in a container or the landscape. It grows vigorously and is less susceptible to diseases than some other mango varieties. Let the plants develop a strong trunk and branches before fruiting (this usually takes a couple of years). 'Pickering' mangos have a coconut-mango flavor without a lot of unwanted fiber.