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  1. #1
    zxcvbob Guest

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    I went to my favorite crabapple tree today; the only Dolgo that I've
    found in the whole city. It's along the driveway to the water
    department treatment plant. Some idiot pruned it.

    Looks like they sent a teenager out there with a chainsaw and told him
    to cut off all the branches he could reach and just leave the trunk.
    Everything below about 6' was cut. I'm pretty tall, so I was able to
    pick maybe a gallon before it started raining. If they hadn't pruned
    it, I could have filled a 5 gallon bucket in the same time.

    Not sure whether to go back out tomorrow with a stepladder or not.
    There's not a whole lot of fruit on it.

    There are crabapple trees planted everywhere around here, but this is
    the only one that actually bears fruit worth picking. The rest are
    mostly pea-sized, hard, and flavorless.

    -Bob

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    Mimi Guest

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    OMG, that is such a shame...glad you were able to get some though...

  3. #3
    zxcvbob Guest

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    Mimi wrote:
    > OMG, that is such a shame...glad you were able to get some though...


    Thanks. I juiced these tonight and I think I got just enough to make
    one batch of jelly if I use Certo. (I could just add sugar and boil it
    down, but that wouldn't yield very much.) I got about 6 or 7 cups of
    juice but it's watered-down a bit from the steam juicer. I'll boil that
    down to 5 cups to get it back to full strength then make the jelly.

    One batch of jelly is easily a year supply, it just doesn't give me any
    extra to give away :-( I guess I can make plum or apricot jam for that...

    -Bob

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    Brooklyn1 Guest

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    zxcvbob wrote:
    >Mimi wrote:
    >>
    >> OMG, that is such a shame...glad you were able to get some though...

    >
    >Thanks. I juiced these tonight and I think I got just enough to make
    >one batch of jelly if I use Certo. (I could just add sugar and boil it
    >down, but that wouldn't yield very much.) I got about 6 or 7 cups of
    >juice but it's watered-down a bit from the steam juicer. I'll boil that
    >down to 5 cups to get it back to full strength then make the jelly.
    >
    >One batch of jelly is easily a year supply, it just doesn't give me any
    >extra to give away :-( I guess I can make plum or apricot jam for that...


    You can plant your own crabapple tree(s). You'd also get a lot more
    and much superior fruit from a tree planted in good soil rather than
    surrounded by pavement, that you water, fertilize, prune, and tend to
    yourself.

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    JessicaB Guest

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    On Sep 4, 7:33*am, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:
    > zxcvbob wrote:
    > >Mimi wrote:

    >
    > >> OMG, that is such a shame...glad you were able to get some though...

    >
    > >Thanks. *I juiced these tonight and I think I got just enough to make
    > >one batch of jelly if I use Certo. *(I could just add sugar and boil it
    > >down, but that wouldn't yield very much.) *I got about 6 or 7 cups of
    > >juice but it's watered-down a bit from the steam juicer. *I'll boil that
    > >down to 5 cups to get it back to full strength then make the jelly.

    >
    > >One batch of jelly is easily a year supply, it just doesn't give me any
    > >extra to give away :-( *I guess I can make plum or apricot jam for that...

    >
    > You can plant your own crabapple tree(s). *You'd also get a lot more
    > and much superior fruit from a tree planted in good soil rather than
    > surrounded by pavement, that you water, fertilize, prune, and tend to
    > yourself.


    That is too bad, I'm sorry! My parents have issues with their
    neighbors taking all their apples without asking and it's frustrating
    as well.

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    Dave Balderstone Guest

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    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    JessicaB <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Sep 4, 7:33*am, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:
    > > zxcvbob wrote:
    > > >Mimi wrote:

    > >
    > > >> OMG, that is such a shame...glad you were able to get some though...

    > >
    > > >Thanks. *I juiced these tonight and I think I got just enough to make
    > > >one batch of jelly if I use Certo. *(I could just add sugar and boil it
    > > >down, but that wouldn't yield very much.) *I got about 6 or 7 cups of
    > > >juice but it's watered-down a bit from the steam juicer. *I'll boil that
    > > >down to 5 cups to get it back to full strength then make the jelly.

    > >
    > > >One batch of jelly is easily a year supply, it just doesn't give me any
    > > >extra to give away :-( *I guess I can make plum or apricot jam for that...

    > >
    > > You can plant your own crabapple tree(s). *You'd also get a lot more
    > > and much superior fruit from a tree planted in good soil rather than
    > > surrounded by pavement, that you water, fertilize, prune, and tend to
    > > yourself.

    >
    > That is too bad, I'm sorry! My parents have issues with their
    > neighbors taking all their apples without asking and it's frustrating
    > as well.


    I put a sign on the lawn inviting people to pick and eat our apples...

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    songbird Guest

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    Dave Balderstone wrote:
    >JessicaB wrote:

    ....
    >> That is too bad, I'm sorry! My parents have issues with their
    >> neighbors taking all their apples without asking and it's frustrating
    >> as well.

    >
    > I put a sign on the lawn inviting people to pick and eat our apples...


    wow that's very nice of you.

    you would be Mom's best friend in the fall.
    we buy several kinds of apples from a place that
    gets local fruit for 49-59 cent a pound for most
    of the fall and she makes pans and pans of apple
    crisp from them.

    i was happy to have a friend come over yesterday
    and pick some of what was left of the grapes that
    the birds hadn't found yet.


    songbird

  8. #8
    Dave Balderstone Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>, songbird
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Dave Balderstone wrote:
    > >JessicaB wrote:

    > ...
    > >> That is too bad, I'm sorry! My parents have issues with their
    > >> neighbors taking all their apples without asking and it's frustrating
    > >> as well.

    > >
    > > I put a sign on the lawn inviting people to pick and eat our apples...

    >
    > wow that's very nice of you.
    >
    > you would be Mom's best friend in the fall.
    > we buy several kinds of apples from a place that
    > gets local fruit for 49-59 cent a pound for most
    > of the fall and she makes pans and pans of apple
    > crisp from them.
    >
    > i was happy to have a friend come over yesterday
    > and pick some of what was left of the grapes that
    > the birds hadn't found yet.


    The Norlands don't store at all, so they have to be either preserved or
    eaten, and I deliberately put in two trees about 7 years back so that
    our neighbours could share and we'd still have enough for us.

    It's fun... The sign say "Please enjoy an apple" and every year people
    knock on the door to ask if they can pick more than one! LOL!

    I've only snarled at anyone once, last week, when some kids were close
    to breaking branches to get at the last of the crop at the top the
    tree. Told them that if they needed help picking to come ring the bell,
    but if the broke my tree I'd be pissed off at them. They apologized and
    everything ended well.


    I need to find some grapes again. I got a free pick of 10 gallons about
    5 years ago, but the jelly is just about gone...

  9. #9
    [email protected] Guest

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    On Sep 3, 3:02*pm, zxcvbob <zxcv...@charter.net> wrote:
    > I went to my favorite crabapple tree today; the only Dolgo that I've
    > found in the whole city. *It's along the driveway to the water
    > department treatment plant. *Some idiot pruned it.
    >
    > Looks like they sent a teenager out there with a chainsaw and told him
    > to cut off all the branches he could reach and just leave the trunk.
    > Everything below about 6' was cut. *I'm pretty tall, so I was able to
    > pick maybe a gallon before it started raining. *If they hadn't pruned
    > it, I could have filled a 5 gallon bucket in the same time.
    >
    > Not sure whether to go back out tomorrow with a stepladder or not.
    > There's not a whole lot of fruit on it.
    >
    > There are crabapple trees planted everywhere around here, but this is
    > the only one that actually bears fruit worth picking. *The rest are
    > mostly pea-sized, hard, and flavorless.
    >
    > -Bob


    That is so sad!

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