No fruit, no nuts - that's always been my insistence when it has come to planting any new trees on this property. Although some favourite childhood memories come from time spent under a chestnut tree, collecting the shiny brown chestnuts, I know what a mess fruit and nut trees make. Since I am the gardener around here, it would be me cleaning it up.
Alas, we did not plant our old apple tree. It's been here longer than we have, that's for certain. Last year when we rented the beast of a wood chipper, we did a lot of cutting and trimming. One tree that got a good once over was the old apple tree. There were many dead limbs that needed pruning.
Well, naturally after that good hair cut, the tree has had a bumper year!
Unfortunately, these are not quality apples. They bruise the moment they hit the ground, are a rather soft fruit, and aren't terribly big. I think once I laboured over them to make apple sauce. It wasn't worth it. We don't spray, so there are wee critters that make their way through the apples. Mostly, I rake and dump. Sometimes I squish a few underfoot and toss them in the chicken run for the hens. They enjoy them.
To give you an idea of the magnitude of this task, here is a picture of having almost finished the last of the raking and dumping of apples.
I decided I would take a picture the very next morning to show you how many apples come down in less than a day.
I couldn't quite capture the full collection because they fall quite far (and roll) (into my flower bed). I didn't actually rake at all yesterday, so there is a tremendous amount out there this morning. I don't think I can leave it much longer without raking today! What about you? Any messy trees on your property?
And to round off the morning, I leave you with a hen in a box.
Her expression said, "Leave me alone, I have a job to do."