Arboreta & Botanical Gardens
& Botanical Gardens
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Whether you use organic or conventional orchard practices, several websites can provide you with a great deal of information about insect and disease pressure, spray timing, frost predictions and a whole lot more. Here are a few of the best:
UMaine Cooperative Extension: umaine.edu/ipm/programs/apple/
Cornell University: fruit.cornell.edu/
University of Vermont: uvm.edu/~fruit/
Holistic Orchard Network: groworganicapples.com/
Cornell University: Grafting
Lost Nation Orchard - Michael Phillips (author,
The Apple Grower)- Organic Orcharding
North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX)
Penn State Agricultural Sciences : Small-Scale
Fruit Production — A Comprehensive Guide
Planting: Calculate the spacing required for your
Renovating Old, Abandoned Apple Trees
The Apple Pest Report and
other regional tree fruit newsletters are available online at following
Maine Apple Pest Report http://pmo.umext.maine.edu/apple/AppPestReport.html
New York http://www.scaffolds.entomology.cornell.edu/2001/
New Jersey http://www.rce.rutgers.edu/pubs/plantandpestadvisory/
Baldwin Orchard Ladders
Sturdy lightweight traditionally shaped wooden orchard ladders have wide bottoms for stability and narrow tops for easy handling and placement. Contact the manufacturer:
Talisman Farm Cider runs the Cider Digest, an electronic
newsletter and forum about all things cider. Invaluable resource,
and the past issues are also archived for download. Well worth subscribing
Western Massachusetts family crafting hard ciders
using Golden Russets and Baldwins.
New Hampshire cider crafters using traditional
English cider apple varieties. Friend of Fedco Trees whose advice
and gifts of scionwood have guided our variety offerings.
Unique Massachusetts orchard/brewery/winery/distillery/great
restaurant and friend. They offer many varieties of fruit, including
some English cider apples, as pick-your-own. Along with their wines
and cider, the new distillery line includes apple and pear brandies.
Washington State University site with good general
information on hard cider varieties, as well as an excellent chart
for heirloom and common American apple varieties and their traditional
English classifications (sweet, bittersweet, sharp, bittersharp).
THE UK hard cider site. Lots of links, guides to,
book suggestions, and all around excellent promotion.
UK Campaign for Real Ale has a sub-group called
APPLE (the Apple and Pear Product Liaison Executive) to promote
cider and perry (hard pear cider).
And in case you need a new cider press...
Correll Cider Press:
Directory of Native Plant
Pest Management at the University of Maine
The Twenty-third Annual March Message (a compilation
and discussion of the state of the art in insect pest management
of apples) is available on the “New” UMass Fruit Advisor
National Park Service Integrated Pest Management
Scaffolds Fruit Journal - IPM : Cornell University,
NY St Agricultural Experiment Station
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
U.S. Forest Service : New Woody Plant Seed Manual
Chelsea Green - Books for Sustainable Living