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Catshead or Pigs snout
« on: October 10, 2013, 05:58:26 PM »
A very old kind of cooking apple. They can get as heavy as a pound each. Only picked the ones I could reach without a ladder.
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Re: Catshead or Pigs snout
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2013, 06:21:17 PM »
They are an unusual shape! They look good :)   Never heard those names before, or seen them available for sale. 

We bought a juicer this year so as not to waste any fallen/damaged  apples.  We probably should be picking a couple of our trees about now and getting undamaged fruit into store.

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Re: Catshead or Pigs snout
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2013, 06:41:58 PM »
How do you store them Eric?

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Re: Catshead or Pigs snout
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2013, 09:26:17 PM »
We store them in apple boxes from the Supermarket, in the Summerhouse which is frost proof. Also they are baked and frozen, or puréed and frozen.

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Re: Catshead or Pigs snout
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2013, 08:22:37 PM »
Today we picked over 100 pounds (50 kilos approx) of Crown Gold. They need sorting as some are definitely wormed. They will be either juiced or puréed (sans worm) and frozen. The good ones will keep until well after December end.
Still got the Ashmeads to pick and that tree is well laden. Hopefully this year they will not have Bitter pit in them which rendered the crop useless 2 years ago. I put Calcium carbonate all round the roots to get rid of this Calcium deficiency problem.
Then that just leaves the 12 or so Court Pendu Plat to pick. Sad crop on that.

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Re: Catshead or Pigs snout
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2013, 11:24:42 PM »
New varieties to me Eric - I had to do a bit of surfin'.

I like the description of the Ashmeads
Are they Ashmeads Kernel?

100 pounds and that's only from one tree :o
You must like apples :D

Thanks for the tip for dealing with Bitter pit.
My Bramleys suffer from that. Fortunately, only one or two discovered this year - and its always in the big ones! Very disappointing  :'(
I'd like to hear if it worked from you.

No evidence of Apple scab on them this year either - that Dithane spray you didn't like must have worked!
Mind you, I gathered all fallen apples last year so the disease didn't emerge from the ground level in spring, so that may also have helped.

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Then that just leaves the 12 or so Court Pendu Plat to pick
I'm very curious - 12 apples or 12 trees :-\
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Re: Catshead or Pigs snout
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2013, 09:13:20 AM »
12 apples!
I made holes with a big wrecking bar all the way round the Ashmead's Kernel tree and our Bramley and put Calcium carbonate powder down each hole. It seems to have worked. Mind it is also a seasonal thing, weather plays a part in whether the tree can take up the Calcium it needs. You can also spray with liquid Calcium at the right time of year, ie when the blossom falls. Never tried that though.
Our Greensleeves apple was the only one really badly affected by Scab this year and I never got round to spraying it so my fault probably, though it is prone to it in any case.

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Re: Catshead or Pigs snout
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2013, 01:11:39 PM »
This page gives rather worrying "side effects" from spraying:
http://www.tfrec.wsu.edu/horticulture/nutspray.html
Enough to put me off! Your method looks safer Eric!

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Re: Catshead or Pigs snout
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2013, 01:53:48 PM »
As I said I have never tried spraying. And in my case I use Calcium carbonate which is or was available from Chempak . The box I got will last my lifetime I reckon.