A week or so ago I helped to plant an orchard, 30 trees in one day. Boy it was hard work !
Anyway, it’s going to be worth it. I’ve teamed up with Phil and his field near Wrington, taken lots of advice from the guys and gals at the Cider Workshop and at Thatchers Cider so hopefully we have a good balance of flavours which will produce great apple juice and cider. We primarily want to produce tasty and consistent Apple Juice and have hopefully chosen a selection of trees to help us achieve this. Having our own orchard means we have complete control over how we look after, nurture and above all, when we harvest the apples. This makes a big difference to the quality of the juice. During our apple adventures in the past we have lacked any of these advantages so this is an exciting development for us.
This also means that I can make a small quantity of cider, something that I have really struggled with in the past, mainly through using a bad selection of apples, either under ripe or about to fall apart. Again, we have got advice and selected trees that will give us a good mixture of Bitter sweets and Bitter sharps, plus we can chose the optimum time to harvest the apples, so fingers crossed in a few years I’ll be producing some fairly decent cider.
Below is a list of the trees that we have selected.