After 5 years of waiting I finally have apples on my apple tree! The past few years I did have a handful of apples on the tree, but either the kids picked them off too early, the dog got to them and one year my husband even picked them all off. He thought they would be too heavy for the small tree. Boy oh boy was I grumbling when he did that. BUT..this year all the stars aligned and I had many many wonderful apples on my tree!
I didn’t spray anything on the tree at all because every time I went out and checked on the apples I didn’t see any worms or bugs. So these apples are all organic baby! I didn’t even think that was possible nowadays. But it worked for me this year anyways.
Oh and I wish I could tell you what kind of apples these are. I bought this apple tree at Costco when we first bought our house 5 years ago. Back then we didn’t have a backyard so I was buying stuff without thinking.
I wasn’t thinking about homesteading or being really choosy when it came to apples. I knew I just didn’t want Red Delicious or Golden Delicious. Those are my least favorites. Come on… you know what I am talking about. They are the worst apple type.
So anyways, the apples were ripe so it was time to gather my youngest to help me pick.
The kids were a bit nervous to pick the apples. There were wasps EVERYWHERE around the apples. Not kidding. I am tough when it comes to bees and wasps, but I was still a little cautious.
Check out that gorgeous apple!
The kids picked maybe 5-6 apples before retreating and screaming about wasps being too close. Sissies I tell ya.
So then I had to finish the rest of the picking myself. I had to brave the wasps. (Shudder)
I couldn’t believe that they had actually EATEN themselves some of the apples. This hole was not from a bird or chicken. This was started from the wasps themselves. They had started eating like maybe 7 or 8 apples on the tree and were everywhere as I was picking.
And while I braved the wasps to pick apples the kids started playing with my phone..and taking pictures.
I found this gem and knew it had to be shared.
Hey…that’s what she gets! Leaving her mom to fight off the wasps all alone.
So all in all I got about 30 lbs of apples from my baby tree. Not too shabby.
The question is what to do with them all. Applesauce? Pie filling? Freezer Apple Crisp?
What are you doing with apples this fall?