Archive for April, 2013

Stupid Deer!

Yesterday was probably the nicest day we have encountered so far this spring.  After I let the dog out, I walked over to the mini orchard to look at the progress the trees have been making.  That’s when I made the discovery I didn’t want to make; deer had been there.  They bit the tops off of almost every branch on my Cox’s Orange Pippin.  That’s bad news to me because it’s the smallest tree and the one i’m most worried about.  They had bitten the buds off of a few other ones.  The ground was wet and I have somewhat of a ground mole problem, so you could see the deer tracks plainly.

My best guess is that because of the flooding we have had this past week, the deer finally found their way into my front yard.  Dave, my neighbor, commented on my facebook rant that he has seen deer tracks in his front yard.  The only thing I think saved me is that a car probably drove by and scared the deer.  I had to put my fencing back up around the trees to protect them until the flood waters recede and stuff starts growing back in the national wildlife refuge so they will leave my trees alone.

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Has Spring Sprung?

That is the question today.  March was rather miserable with the cold and just enough snow to tease.  Either give me snow, or let’s move to the next season.  It wasn’t a total waste though.  We did the usual Easter thing with the trees.  I removed the fencing around them and we hung eggs with giant marsh mellows inside of them.  Talking to my colleague Terry Moore, I learned how I should trim my transplanted Braeburn.  The thing about it was the shape.  It was horrid. Bent over like a 90 year old grandpa.

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He told me to cut it off about a foot above where it branches out.  I’m not 100% sure that’s what he said to do, but that’s how I interpreted it.  Cut quite a bit off.  Fine with me though!  Not all crooked anymore!

Seriously considering planting some blueberries this season.  I made an initial email to the folks at Russell’s Blueberry Farm.  It’s pretty close to here and they also sell plants.  Have been thinking about planting 10 high bushes of different varieties.  To get that many and the kind I want, it might take buying some one or two year plants.  They will be fairly small.  If I can get them at the price I want, then it will be worth it.