In 2009 I stumbled across an old apple orchard just west of my parents farm. Fifteen or twenty trees in the middle of nowhere A couple of old foundations still barely visible peeked through the underbrush.
I love history.
I also have a “budding” interest in grafting. ;-)
Long story short, I ordered some rootstock and grafted some cuttings off one of the apple trees that really piqued my interest. The apples were almost white, crisp and sweet. Here’s what they looked like:
All 10 grafts took, but the rabbits got 5 of them. Last week was pruning time and I’m thinking it’s time to permanently plant these heirloom trees in the ground. Sure I could probably find a spot to plant all of them but I love to share.
I have no idea what their “official” name might be so here’s what I’m thinking….an heirloom apple tree contest.
Two prizes. First prize….you win one of the trees. Just have to pay for shipping. (Let’s say $5.00)
Second prize…naming rights. You get to name the tree variety..and for as long as I have the orchard, I will always call these trees by the winning name.
Here’s what I’m thinking….to enter, send me a short essay on why you’d like one of the trees....I know I have several new readers who love to garden/ grow things, etc. so a new heirloom apple tree might be just what you’re looking for. For now, just put “I’m in” in the comment thread and I’ll know if I have any takers. I’ll e-mail you back so you can submit it to me via e-mail. DM
Typically, we plant new trees in early April, so we have a little over a month to have this contest. Today is February 24th. I’d want to have your essay by March 15th
Apples in bloom 2011