“Core Knowledge” Booklet for Orchardists

There is a trove of apple culture information available on the web and in excellent books. In fact, it tends to be too much for some who just want to get the job done and move along. This manual is for those who hope to plant a new tree for fun but not be beholden to it for a lifetime. Here is bare bones information at a quick glance.

http://www.extension.umn.edu/rsdp/community-and-local-food/production-resources/docs/Core-Knowledge-Apples-062017.pdf Just follow the few steps recommended on each page, for each stage, and rest easy. But, sooner or later an urge to protect and assist catches up with nearly everyone. Then, read the references listed at the close of each chapter to capture the full meaning and purpose of the advice on that page. Beyond that, the door opens to a fascinating world of understanding.

Thousands of young apple trees are sold annually to homeowners and beginners in northern
Minnesota alone. There are nurseries in the countryside that sell 500 to 800 apple trees each
spring, not to mention those in the Metropolitan areas. Some of these new owners will develop
a passion for fruit culture (apple fancy) and happily spend long winter hours in study. However
many will lean toward putting the tree in the ground and walking away. Without care and
oversight in its early years, a new tree will fail. In fact, for apples the very first year at a new
site seems to be the hardest to survive.

There are two premises behind this handbook…

CORE KNOWLEDGE is designed to give beginners the easiest available introduction to cold
climate apple cultivation through its main page information. Then, you can further develop an
understanding by studying the references included with each section. Later, expand to deep
knowledge by moving into the massive information reservoir waiting on the Internet, on your own.

Apple trees are beings. They live, they respond, they adjust, they reproduce, and they strive to
survive. Humans tend to station them in unfamiliar landscapes, under stressful conditions, and
perhaps leave them with little support. It’s time to understand our complete interdependence
with the natural world and all life. One easy start is to truly nurture that apple sapling you’ve
brought to your home.


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