The monthly Orchard Keepers series is designed to help tree owners and enthusiasts protect and maintain their trees! Look for quick, easy tips on the blog and in the City Fruit newsletter each month.
Pick: Pick up fallen fruit to prevent unwanted garden visitors. Fruit with visible pest damage should be placed in the city compost as opposed to residential compost to avoid reinfestation.
Harvest: Mid-season apples, European pears and Asian pears are ready to harvest! Apples and Asian pears ripen on the tree and should be picked throughout the season according to their variety. To know if your European pears are ready to harvest, take the fruit in your hand and tilt it horizontally. The mature fruit will easily come away from the branch at this angle (as opposed to its natural vertical hanging position). If it is not yet ready for picking, it will hold onto the branch. Store fruit at room temperature to ripen over the week. Enjoy and share the harvest!
Refer back to our August edition to stay up to date on routine tree care through the harvest season.
This month's Orchard Keepers was compiled by Natalie Place, City Fruit's Senior Program Manager.