Thursday, March 05, 2009

Apple Seeds

Last fall, I collected seeds from as many different local apples as I could. Some were cultivated, grafted varieties, some were wild pippins (grown from seed), and some were rootstock that had grown up when the top died. I read on the internet that the proper way to store them was in moist sand in the refrigerator, since they need a period of cold in order to germinate.

Yesterday, my plan was to pull the jar of seeds out and set it in a warm place until they started to germinate, and then plant them in seed starting soil. The seeds had other ideas. Even though the jar was at the back of the refrigerator (cold enough to freeze entire gallons of milk), all of the seeds had already started to germinate. Unfortunately, there was also a little bit of mold beginning to form on the top, so I don't know if all of the seeds are still viable. At any rate, I've planted them in flats and we'll see what happens. Next year, I obviously need to modify my seed storage system. More research is in order.

In other apple related news, yesterday my Anyone Can Build a Whizbang Apple Grinder & Cider Press book came in the mail. Last year we were buried in apples that were too small and irregular to be worth peeling and processing, and I really wanted a way to make cider from them. I've been hearing about the Whizbang plan books for years, but this will be the first one I try. I also have my eye on the garden cart plans.

5 comments:

Mary Cate said...

We have the Whizbang plans for Apple Cider and Garden Cart. Love that guy! We are happy to give that guy our money, he deserves it!

Mel, Foxtail Farm said...

You also have one of the chicken processing plans, right? I remember Porter posting pictures of the finished product. The plucker and scalder are much more intimidating than the cider press and wagon cart, so I'm glad Kimball has been working on simpler things lately.

Mary Cate said...

He has made the plucker and it works pretty well! He now has the scalder plans, but I have no idea when either of us will get around to it. :)

goingtothedogs said...

I'd love to know how the cider press worked out. Is it really that good? I ask because I'm in Gloucestershire (England) and in Autumn I'm hip deep in apples....

Mel, Foxtail Farm said...

I'll be sure to post my experience with building and using it. The photos and descriptions at Herrick Kimball's website are pretty impressive, though.