Early Fall Update

This was a bad year in the orchard.  Half the trees produced nothing.  Part of that was expected, as Northern Spy doesn’t typically fruit for something like 10-15 years.  The other was beaten up pretty bad by deer, so it was a year for it to gain some ground.  My other tree that didn’t produce was the White Pearmain.  This surprised me a bit.  It had been my earliest flowering tree in past years.  Not this year!  Then, in late July, I was taking a close look at my apples and noticed many holes.  CODLING MOTH!  NO!  So it was either pick the apples right then and there or worry about the worms getting into the ground and getting more codling moth.  Away with them right then and there.  When it was all said and done, I had three apples left, all on the Hauer Pippin tree.  

It was just not a good year.  The japanese beetles ate many of the leaves.  Ground moles tore up the ground trying to eat the japanese beetle grubs.  Next year I need to do something about both.

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