Introduction: Harvest Apples Organically

Picture of Harvest Apples Organically

We have had an apple tree that produces TONS of fruit.  By trial and error, I found how to produce larger, better fruit.

Step 1: Prune

Picture of Prune

The trick is to start picking bad apples when the fruit is still small, but large enough to see contamination.  In our area, that usually requires starting in July. 

Pick all the bad fruit as soon as it has visible marks of infestation.  Not all, but most times when there is deformity, it is because of bugs. 

I was really excited to find a farmer that loved to feed the bad fruit to his pigs.  Sometimes people even feed bad fruit to horses.  This is an excellent way to use that "protein-enhanced" fruit.

Step 2: Healed Blemishes

Picture of Healed Blemishes

Sometimes a blemish heals over and the result is fruit that is still good.

Step 3: Birds

Picture of Birds

Birds like fruit too, and I sometimes feel like a fast food joint for birds. 

That fruit might still usable for apple sauce or juice because birds do not cause the contamination that bugs do.

Step 4: Harvest

Picture of Harvest

The result is a harvest of large, clean apples!  We use ours for pie filling, apple sauce and juice.



About This Instructable




More by ATomId:Slide Rule Using Common and Natural Log ScalesHarvest Apples OrganicallyMake your own device to plant carrot seeds
Add instructable to: