Thursday April 10:
(Woke up, got outta bed, dragged a comb across my head… No, seriously, no comb over here!)
We still have better than a foot of snow in the orchard. This morning I went out to check on progress in the orchard. Happily, the snow is like concrete (it went down into the twenties last night) and can be walked on without breaking through for what may be the last time this spring. Linda is making good progress windrowing the tree prunings, and ready to have the firewood chunked out of it. Finished that up and cut up a few of the trees we pushed out last fall. We’re making room to plant strawberries this spring to let the ground rest so we can plant more apple trees in 2016.
By lunch time the snow is getting soft, will need snowshoes after lunch. Feels like it will be the forth of July before I can get a tractor into the orchard to grind up the prunings.
After lunch the snow is great for snow shoeing, and will give me an extra foot’s reach into the tree tops This will be a good opportunity to start pruning the peaches. Sadly, it looks like the peach crop was hurt by the cold windy Winter. The peach varieties we grow should be able to tolerate temperatures down to about -15 Fahrenheit. We’ll have some, it remains to be seen how many. Anyway, with a small crop it’s a good time to prune peaches back hard. Without a crop load the trees will respond vigorously.
Finished up early today, we signed up to put on the Community Kettle dinner at the Community Center in Bridgton tonight. The crew and I put together a wonderful meal. A good time was had by one and all, and we look forward to serving the meal this evening!