Apples

This I tell you: Don’t buy store apples. Buy trees, heirloom varieties like Northern Spy, Esopus Spitzenberg, Wolf River, Rhode Island Greening, Roxbury Russets. Now these are apples like you’ve never tasted. You won’t find them in a store because they don’t look as pretty, or the trees only fruit every other year, or they fruit over too long a period. The commercial growers don’t like that. But for you? Perfect.

Another thing about apples: They won’t reproduce true from seed, so the seeds Johnny Appleseed sowed across the midwest either didn’t germinate or were genetic throw-backs to the crabapple. The odds of getting an edible apple from seed are in the neighborhood of one in a million. Rats.

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About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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