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Pruning Your Apple Tree

"A Pembrokeshire proverb. Eat an apple on going to bed, And you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread."

~February 1866 edition of Notes and Queries magazine~

As you can see from the Welsh quote listed above , "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" has been with us for some time. Apples obviously far longer, thousands of years longer in fact. Currently there are over 7,500 cultivators available for apple connoisseurs. If you are interested in old heirloom varieties I would recommend requesting the free Fedco catalog.

Just a few days ago with the wind chill it was 3 degrees Fahrenheit, today mid fifties. I decided it was time to prune the apple tree. The old tree was here when we bought our home nearly 8 years ago. It is difficult to tell if there was initially a vision for the tree in regards to pruning. By the time we arrived it had obviously been neglected for some time.

We have tried over the past few seasons to create a h…