• The Berry Patch,  The Orchard

    We have Cherries!

    Its official, I see little green cherries forming! I’ll have to figure out what netting to put up to keep the birds away but for today I’m going to enjoy the simple fact that we’re growing Cherries!!! The orchard is officially in business, so to say. I’m thinking we also have some blueberries as well but I’ll have to watch longer before making that call.

  • The Orchard

    Cherry Bush Down

    As it turns out we didn’t loose any plantings over the winter but one of the Hanson Cherry Bushes snapped 80% of the way through the main trunk. I was hoping with a little wrapping it would heal up but alas after seeing the new growth it was obvious it needed to be trimmed to regrow from the base. A small set back but happy to have not lost the bush in full.

  • The Berry Patch,  The Garden,  The Orchard

    Cherry Blossoms! and more

    Spring blossoms are so rewarding! I love enjoying the outdoors but there is something especially nice in seeing plants mature and thrive. Last year we got a few apple blossoms but nothing from the Cherry Trees. This year 2 of the cherry trees have a few dozen blossoms. Wait a few years and the whole yard will be a bloom! Take a moment and stroll the yard with me.

  • The Orchard

    Paying some attention to the Apple Trees

    Its always easy to let nature takes it course but wait to long and it’ll mean assembling beds around the trees vs in advance. By my count this is the fourth set of beds for this year and the last. I wish we could leave the trees unfenced as it makes the space look so much more open. However we’re not taken any chances with the deer this year. We’ve already put up the garlic and enlarged the fences. From here on out it is simply making sure nothing grows in the mulch and mowing. Beyond taking care of the chickens and weeding the garden… Work in the field is…

  • The Orchard

    Spring Planting 2018 : Part Three

    The final portion of this year’s order came in today! A lonely nectarine tree which needed to be planted immediately even if it was raining out. Nectarines are better than peaches in my opinion ranking just below apples. Exciting we’re now at 15 fruit trees in our backyard Orchard… Well some are in the front yard so not sure that term is correct.

  • The Orchard

    Cherry Clean-Up

    With all the new beds going in last years plantings are looking a little shabby. Time to spruce (cedar if you will) up the Cherry Trees and Bushes. A quick cleaning and some new mulch goes a long way. I do hope the Hanson Cherry Bush that split recovers, time will tell.

  • The Berry Patch,  The Orchard

    Spring Planting 2018 : Part One

    With the Stark Bro’s order arriving today its déjà vu time starting the day off with staining and assembling of the remaining Raspberry Trellises. The kids sure are a lot of help and take turns between painting and riding their bikes and scooters. They’ve been cooped up too long. Low and behold right after lunch the Pears, Plums and Black Raspberries arrived and the kids are biting at the bit to play in the dirt. We decided to start with the Black Raspberries, which in hindsight might have waited to last as there was a lot of beds to get dug out and leveled. Kids were entertained digging for worms while…

  • The Orchard

    2018 : Ginger Gold Apple

    We’ve nick-named this tree “The Dancer” with its slight curves and split main branches. Makes you want to throw your arms up and dance. We saw great growth in all of the Apple Trees with the abundant sun from the souther exposure. Might do a hexagon/octagon liner for outlining the mulch and keeping any weeds from overgrowing it but all in all looking forward to simply watching our Ginger Gold grow.