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Take the cider orchard quiz: could you care for apple trees?

Taking an apple from young tree to cider is no simple feat. Test your farming instincts to see if you have the knowledge to make it on a Thatchers Cider orchard ...Around what age will your apple trees start to produce fruit?10 years Six monthsThree to five yearsTwo yearsHow do you check an apple’s ripeness?Look at the colour of its skin Give it a tugCheck whether it’s a full moonLook at the pipsWhat’s the biggest threat to young trees and saplings?RabbitsFrostWindTeenagersWhat’s the best way to check the quality of an apple?By looking and then biting it By knocking on its fleshBy cutting it openBy dropping it into a bucket of waterWhat’s the difference between a cider apple and an eating apple?There isn’t anyTannin levelsThe colourCider apples are biggerWhich soil type is best for growing apple trees?LoamyClaySandyChalkyHow can you encourage beneficial wildlife in the orchard?Leave scraps of food out Ship it inLeave the gate openPlant wildflowersHow can you lower the risk of your trees being damaged by frost?Put heaters in the orchardCover the orchard in winterPlant varieties that flower laterBuy your trees some nice coatsWhich bees are best for pollinating apple trees?Honey beesSolitary beesBumblebeesAll of the aboveWhen is an apple tree most susceptible to damage from drought?When it’s very tallWhen it’s very youngWhen it’s blossomingWhen it’s dropping leaves10 and above.You got eight to 10 right: Congratulations, you’re ready to become an orchardist! Wow, if you don’t already work in an orchard, now’s the time to start! You’ve got all the knowledge you need to become an expert orchardist.9 and above.You got eight to 10 right: Congratulations, you’re ready to become an orchardist! Wow, if you don’t already work in an orchard, now’s the time to start! You’ve got all the knowledge you need to become an expert orchardist.8 and above.You got eight to 10 right: Congratulations, you’re ready to become an orchardist! Wow, if you don’t already work in an orchard, now’s the time to start! You’ve got all the knowledge you need to become an expert orchardist.7 and above.You got four to seven right: Not bad … time to brush up on your apples! Hmm … clearly you know a little about apples, but not enough to pack it all in and move to the country just yet. Go study up and come back when you’re ready.6 and above.You got four to seven right: Not bad … time to brush up on your apples! Hmm … clearly you know a little about apples, but not enough to pack it all in and move to the country just yet. Go study up and come back when you’re ready.5 and above.You got four to seven right: Not bad … time to brush up on your apples! Hmm … clearly you know a little about apples, but not enough to pack it all in and move to the country just yet. Go study up and come back when you’re ready.4 and above.You got four to seven right: Not bad … time to brush up on your apples! Hmm … clearly you know a little about apples, but not enough to pack it all in and move to the country just yet. Go study up and come back when you’re ready.3 and above.You got zero to three right – Don’t quit your day job: While tending to trees and making cider might seem like a dream job, you’re just not cut out for it yet.2 and above.You got zero to three right – Don’t quit your day job: While tending to trees and making cider might seem like a dream job, you’re just not cut out for it yet.0 and above.You got zero to three right – Don’t quit your day job: While tending to trees and making cider might seem like a dream job, you’re just not cut out for it yet.1 and above.You got zero to three right – Don’t quit your day job: While tending to trees and making cider might seem like a dream job, you’re just not cut out for it yet.To discover more about life on Myrtle Farm and Thatchers’ range of Somerset ciders, please visit thatcherscider.co.uk Continue reading...


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