We only have about two 1/2 months left to prune all of the fruit trees and vines. We’ve lost four of our heritage apples that have been on the farm for years due the wind and ice blasts. We have a lot of broken limbs in the maple trees which may hinder the amount of sap we will be able to collect in February and March. About a month ago we had a day that the wind had laid so I started chopping away at the front grape arbor.
There wasn’t a lot of fruit the second year but there were a few on each vine. I’m hoping for a better, bigger crop in 2019. We need to add more support to the arbor and have the posts ready to go in the ground and the braces to hold everything up. We’re thinking about buying to cattle fence panels to go on top of the arbor before the leafing begins and I’ll watch them early to place and tie up the runners so they cover the entire top of the arbor. This will make it easier to cover the fruit before the birds get the ripe fruit. Of course, the bluebird houses will have to be moved to new locations soon.
I see lots of grape juice and jellies in the future.
While pruning the grape vines I also decided to prune our new Green Gage Plum trees. Our daughter bought these for me two years ago and they had a couple blooms in 2018 so I’m hoping there will be a lot in 2019 and that the frost doesn’t get them. I’ll add a few more strawberries and blueberries this year and hopefully we’ll add some new apple grafts too when I get some root-stock in a good spot where the rabbits and deer can’t destroy them.
Can you tell I’m looking forward to spring??