Dry weather & apples

We couldn’t figure out why the one apple tree was dropping the apples so fast until we took a closer look this weekend and found out that the ground must be just so dry that the apple tree just couldn’t take it anymore! 

Just some of the ground cracks in the back yard

So Daryl got the tractor with the bucket and it was time to get the backyard cleaned up. 

Now sometimes what I’ve done when there wasn’t too many apples on the ground was to just mow them up for a kind of lawn mulch. I mean it should have some good stuff for the ground in the rotten apples right? 

But this year the trees were loaded and with so many apples on the ground we decided that we better pick them up instead. 

And the good news is that the other tree with apples is still doing well so I’ve picked a couple of containers of apples to make some apple sauce this weekend. I’m not sure if the final sauce is any good because it’s in the fridge before I’m going to can it. But I’m telling you that the recipe that I used was super easy. 4 apples, 1/4 cup sugar, and 3/4 cup water. Peel, core, and slice the apples and then heat them up until soft. 

Well I did a 5 x batch in the crock pot 

and I’m kinda digging how it turned out. No hassle and you can’t get any easier than this! Now to get the jars washed and the apples sauce put away for the winter. 

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