Beauty of old apple trees

One day I heard a terrible crashing noise behind my house. I went to take a look and discovered that an old apple tree collapsed. I don’t know the age of this tree nor the breed. What a pity. You can’t buy these apples with at least hundred years old taste. Apple trees of this breed are also unavailable because it takes ten years for old breed trees to start to give their first fruits. Alright. Here it is, down on the ground. And the first thought on my mind is to go and get the chainsaw to clean up the yard. But something inside me said “Wait! You have other business more urgent than that.” So I left the tree alone.

After two years this tree, even though parallel to the ground, gave its next harvest. And you know what? It is very convenient to pick up apples in such case.

So. If you have an apple tree accident in your yard, then pay respect to the old tree and spare it. See if it is still connected to the roots. If it is, it will still live a few years longer.

How long is it going to last? I don’t know yet. Tree is still alive. I will write here, when it dries out.

One more experiment to conduct is that if I bury some branches to the ground, they are supposed to give new sprouts. That means new trees of the same breed can be created. And these old breeds are lost. Almost. Let us hope it will be a success.


About Pavels Melnis

Independent ecology activist, family farmer, gardener and forestkeeper. Musician: violin, guitar, singing. Hobbies: traveling by bicycle, learning to play different music instruments - accordion, piano, recorder flute, harmonica, drums; languages, theology, prehistory, logbuilding, repairing and recycling. Religious. Ecological. Love all things ethnic and traditional.
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