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Espaliered apples

Training a young apple espalier

Espaliered appleI'm always interested to see people trying out espaliered fruit trees, even though I've never quite been intrigued enough to experiment myself.  So I was thrilled to notice espaliered apples at Bristol's Urban Homestead when Mark and I swung by last week.

The photo at the top of this post is clearly a young apple tree who is just entering the training program, but the tree to the left might be ready to graduate.  I wonder if it's bearing yet?  Next time, I'll have to call ahead and see if the owners can tell me more about their espalier experiments.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Wow, thanks for the link back to your original post on Tim Hensley and his Urban Homestead! I have been poring over his site and will likely end up ordering from him if I can find a place to cram a dwarf tree (or maybe an espaliered tree) onto our lot.
Comment by John Amrhein Tue Jan 24 07:37:16 2012
I recommend them very highly! The two apples I bought from them a year ago took off and grew very well, despite the fact that I've had trouble with apples in the past. Granted, part of that could be the local effect --- he grows varieties that do well in my region, and I picked the trees up and brought then straight home, so they weren't stressed by being mailed. But I also suspect his stock is just high quality in general.
Comment by anna Tue Jan 24 08:21:49 2012

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