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Audacious Apples

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Welcome to the wonderful world of apples! Apples seem to be with us no matter where we are. We can visit the Big Apple. We know that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree; we also know that one bad apple can…  READ MORE right arrow
Norann Oleson, Editorial Director of Food Gardening Network
The apple plays a starring role in history, legend, literature, and—of course—gastronomy. Delicious, nutritious, versatile, and hardy—what’s not to love about apples? The apple, Malus domestica, is a member of the rose family, along with pears, plums, peaches, cherries, strawberries, and raspberries. That’s quite a delicious family!…  READ MORE right arrow
Different varieties of apples


Honey crisp apples in the orchard
There are two general categories of apples: dessert or fresh eating apples; and culinary apples for cooking, baking, and canning. There are some apples that are cultivated specifically for making cider, but you can actually make cider from whichever apples you prefer.  READ MORE right arrow
Young Apple tree seedling
Can you grow apples from seed? Yes. Should you? Probably not. Apple trees grown from seed will not be the same as the tree from which the source apple came; they do not grow true to type. On top of that, it will take years before the tree is mature enough to produce fruit—and even then, what you get will be a surprise.  READ MORE right arrow
Fresh apples on an apple tree in the garden
Apple trees love sunshine and fertile, well-draining soil. They like a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0. They need full sun in order to thrive; it’s essential to the growth of good quality fruit. Full sun—six to eight hours of sunlight during the growing season—also helps keep fungal issues at bay.  READ MORE right arrow

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