Posts Tagged ‘Spring’

Spring 2015

Well, I tried to order trees.  Ordered a Dabinett and a Kingston Black for myself and a Spitzenberg for Aunt D and Uncle T.  The Spitzenberg was back ordered.  The other two were fresh grafts that hadn’t even lived a year yet.  It was unacceptable.  I want trees that are healthy and something I won’t have to worry as much about.  These were not it.  Mailed them back and am awaiting a refund.

My trees are doing quite well this spring.  I have apples on ALL of them!  Even the Northern Spy has two apples.  The Newton Pippin has a few this year after nothing at all.  The one tree that has gone down in production this year is the Ashmead’s Kernal.  It only has one apple.  I noticed that it didn’t have a ton of blossoms and it was blooming during the time we had multiple days of rain.  Two nights ago I thinned it out a bit.

As far as issues with the trees, I had to kill a bunch of worm looking things.  My uneducated guess is that it was leafrollers.  They had pulled in tight a bunch of leaves and were eating the leaves as well as some of the fruit that had set.  Smashed them with my fingers…those dirty rotten bugs!  How dare they try to mess up my fruit?  hahaha.  Hoping to make some cider from all the apples I harvest this year.  Maybe I can get a gallon or two.

I pruned the trees in February.  I also went to my mom’s house and trimmed their trees as well in hopes that I can get some apples from them.  Want to make some sort of foraged apple cider.

Spring/Summer Update 2014

This past winter was incredibly cold.  One of the coldest that I can ever remember.  That being said, I think it affected the trees.  There weren’t very many blossoms this year.  The Ashmead’s Kernel did well and the Hauer Pippin is doing alright.  The Cox’s Orange Pippin, after the awesome crop for a 2nd year tree last season, has two apples on it.  The White Permain has zero.  The Northern Spy has zero.   The Newton Pippin is recovering from being eaten by the deer and being in a low spot.  The Braeburn tree died.

This year is more about maintenance than anything.  It’s busy around the Cottrell Orchard in regards to family.  I did trim the  trees in March.  That might have had some affect on the trees.  Nothing else planted in the orchard because it all died last year.

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.