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Starting A New Apple Orchard

Old orchard on the farm back in 2017. Duratio of 2012 just about took out the entire orchard.

As I’ve told you in the past the orchards we have on the farm are old and not huge and we lose a couple of these old treasures every year due to wind or other weather events.

Last year we decided to start a small apple orchard in new ground and these will be dwarf trees.  The root stock is in the ground and we made sure the best that we could that they make it through the  winter and spring before we graft our favorite apples to the stock.  We’re hoping to graft some Wolf River which is a large apple and we’ll have to watch the fruit for getting too large for the dwarf root stock.  Transparents is also a great fruit for applesauce and we use a lot of that.

The other fruit trees that we’ve started in the past two years as young trees are doing well.  They include red plum, peaches, cherries, pears and some apple trees hubby grafted two years ago.  If Mother Nature will ever cooperate and our climate settles down we’ll have more fruit than we can put up.  We add two more peach trees to the stock but planted them in the top end of the old orchard hoping the frost won’t be as prevalent up there.  We planted two cherries in that same location last year and they have done well, leaving us with lots of bloom at the moment. Temps are suppose to be low this weekend and so many trees are full of bloom.

Mother Nature please be kind!!

 

 

Hours Later, All Gone

We went to bed with 39 degrees and woke up to frost.  In just a few short hours its ruined!

Pear trees blooming.

Peaches next to the house.

Peaches at the end of the garden.

Green gages at the other end of the garden.

Second green gage and full of bloom

The apple trees are not blooming yet and one of my pear trees are just at the bud stage.  Three years in a row we’ve lost fruit to frost.  We have cherry trees high on the mountain and in our back orchard that may not have been hurt but this is April and frost is a normal spring thing!!!

Cherries in the mountain hayfield.

Cherries in the end of the other mountain hayfield. 

With this bloom gone we just have to pray that there will be enough other bloom not damaged and the honeybees will have enough to live on until we have more bloom.

Fruit Tree Frost Damage

The last three weeks have been warm and then cold, rain, ice, sleet, snow, we’ve had it all.

Our cherry trees were in full bloom and BAM and now they’re brown and all the blooms have fell off.Image result for blooming cherry trees

Our peach trees had started blooming and BAM, the blooms are falling off.Image result for blooming peach trees

Heavy bloom on the plum trees looks now like they’ve been burnt.Image result for blooming plum trees

The apple trees are budding and the quince tree is budding.  The rhubarb leaves are curled up and the asparagus stems are mushy.

We’ve had a lot of very warm days and then the temps drop in the 20’s*.  Mother Nature just isn’t being very nice in this spring of 2018.