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Growing on the High Plains: Apples, Part 2

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Today's Growing on the High Plains will continue looking at apples, but this time we'll be working from the ground up. Planting your own apple trees can be a joy, but there are a few guidelines you'll want to peel back before getting started. While one would think it'd be simple as (apple) pie, growers looking to plant apple trees will face a number of time-consuming decisions.

In addition to making sure you're seeking the right variety for your landscape (e.g., fruit type, size, output, etc.), one must also consider the realities of our High Plains climate. By avoiding some common "pip-falls" of possible frost pockets, proper drainage, regular maintenance, and access to sunshine, you'll be facing a much easier go of it. 
"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." —Martin Luther

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.