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Trees & Barrels

Apples

We grow many different varieties of cider apple. We started off with about 30 varieties and over the years, have honed this down to around 20 - th...

Planting

This is what happens when you hand a zany teenager a video recorder, and ask her to document a day's apple planting (2011).

Spring

Spring in the orchard; no need to say much - blossom, bees, lambs, fresh succulent young leaves, tiny pink buds. In spring you start to get a feel...

Summer

Summer in the Moutere can be dry and hot. We are circled by mountains, and on some days when the earth is parched and the trees need a drink, we c...

Autumn

In autumn, harvest is upon us. Our climate is warmer than the environments from which most of our cider varieties originate from. The days are sti...

Winter

The cider is made and we wait. The leaves are off the trees and it is time for orchard work. Time to prune, mend wires and posts, to plant and to ...

Pollination

Bees help pollinate our apples and pears, and every year we rent hives from a local beekeeper. During a warm spring day when the apple trees are i...

Grafting

Late winter, just as the sap begins to rise, is the time for grafting. Apples grown from pips do not grow true to their parent (scion), so differe...

Harvest

With our new harvester imported from the UK last year, harvest is a breeze. We use the tractor to shake the ripe apples from the trees, then drive...