One Month In…

My apples were planted exactly one month ago today.  Some of them are flourishing, while others have yet to bud.  The Northern Spy has not budded yet, and it is beginning to worry me.  Every other tree has buds popping through and some have leaves (or are in the middle of forming leaves).  The White Pearmain is doing very well with the most leaves.  I had to clip a branch from the Ashmead’s Kernel, it was broken during shipping and I tried to let it slide.  It was not doing anything, so I clipped it to let the rest of the tree get the nutrients that were being send to that very small and broken branch.  It is going to be slightly different from I wanted it to be, but what can I do?

I was able to visit with Terry Moore from Moore Orchards last weekend.  He is a very nice gentleman.  Terry told me about some of the big mistakes he’s made over the years, but he’s learned from them and is willing to share his knowledge with other people.  Terry told me a story about when he was starting out and how some of the people helped him while others would not.  He said if he was ever in that situation, he would help the newcomers.  I think he may teach me how to graft this winter.  That would be awesome.  It’s a dying art that was once more common knowledge for farmers.

I believe that the Cottrells are going to plant a mini garden in the middle of my mini orchard this year.  It will need to be fenced in to keep the deer out, but it should be helpful in getting decaying plants into the soil.

Here is a picture of the Blair White just a few days before it’s one month planted birthday.

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