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Cider Maker's Handbook3828Sep
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So I'm re-reading Claude's book in preparation for cider-making season, as one does. And also looking for tidbits in the orchard planning section that might help me pick varieties and rootstocks for t...
    - Craig Bickle        posted: 28Sep
As someone who’s getting closer to having to take this endeavor “seriously”, (not sure why I feel that way still, after already investing thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours in our orchard-mayb...
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OK, so I don't know if this should fall under the Sensible Equipment section, and I know that washing sooty blotch and fly speck off apples is featured in other related threads. But this is my favori...
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Cider Chat Podcaster Ria Windcaller interviews Michael Phillips's good friend, orchardist Alan Surprenant, about who Michael was as a person, as a friend and as a fellow orchardist. Their conversation also goes deep into what's involved in growing apples holistically, both for the commercial grower and the home orchardist.

Hemlock Grove Farm
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Hemlock Grove Farm

West Danby, New York

Brian Caldwell writes: “Managing our understory for lots of flowering broadleaf 'weeds' such as mints, Queen Anne's lace, clovers, etc. seems to help quite a bit with insect pests. We do this by waiting until late May for the first orchard mowing, which is done with a sickle bar mower. This practice encourages regrowth of broadleafs.”

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