WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I am constantly amazed at how difficult it can be to plant and establish a young apple tree and yet, once established, how tough these trees can be. I snapped a photo of this apple that just refused to quit near Monticello, Sullivan CountyContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? This one apple tree in Arkville, Delaware County miraculously is holding onto its leaves & some are even still green as of Tuesday, November 20th. Despite summer’s abundant rainfall & fungi stampede, fall’s wet, windy weather, and winter’s early arrival of snow, this tree’sContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Been in the woods liberating some apple trees that were being overgrown by musclewood trees. One musclewood (a.k.a. ironwood, blue beech) actually “swallowed up” one of the apple tree’s limbs. May the forest be with you, Ryan Trapani Executive Director Catskill Forest AssociationContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Still grafting apple trees for CFA members. Today, I had the chance to monkey around on an extremely wide stretching apple tree. Its limbs spread so wide you could walk down it like on a cat-walk. It’s amazing how far apple trees will stretch to getContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST It’s just beautiful out there. Between the serviceberry, apple, & pear trees flowering, there is no shortage of color & fragrance. I was at a member’s property grafting some apple trees the other day & became acquainted with a new favorite–American plum. The foliageContinue Reading