There’s an old apple tree in our backyard. It provides much-needed shade from the scorching hot summer days, and blushing apples with a hint of lemon in autumn.
If you like apples as much as we do, I’m sure you’ll understand how we try to harvest as much edible fruit possible, while leaving some for the birds for their pre-winter and winter snacks. Last year we started using a nifty apple picker attached to an adjustable Mr. Long Arm pole and it has changed the quality and quantity of fruits we harvest. Apple-picking has turned into an annual Olympic pole event of sorts, requiring a strong back, precision individual-fruit picking, and lots of practice and patience, with tasty rewards.