Fruit on the Farm

Although we grow a lot of vegetables we also have 3 apple trees, 1 pear tree and concord grapes that were already on our property. Due to the short growing season and late snow storms that are common here we have only gotten fruit off our trees half of the years we’ve lived here. In the spring the trees start to bud out and if it snows after the flowers open we lose any chance of fruiting. This year we were lucky and managed to have the trees fruit.

We are also working on a potential raspberry patch, rhubarb and strawberries. The birds will be our biggest issue as they have been tasting almost every apple on the tree. We’ll see how it goes.

A Fruitful Spring

Pears

After last year’s disappointing blossom freeze from the Mother’s Day snow storm, we are so excited to see fruit popping up on our trees and vines! After the hard pruning over the  winter to fix a bad cut job, I was happy to see a few pears on the pear tree. I wasn’t expecting a lot this year but looking forward to a better next year.

Apples

 

There are quite a few apples on two of the three apple trees. The deer like to frequent this area and we don’t have our fence back up yet. I hope they save us some fruit, at least at the top of the tree.

Walnut

I found a tree label for a Black Walnut tree and I think I found it! I had a specialist look at this tree and he felt it probably wouldn’t bear nuts based on the lack of care. I was so happy to see pods forming! They started dropping off with the heat, but I’m crossing my fingers that we get a few nuts this year just to see what they are like.

Grapes

And of course the grape vine is yielding  grapes. The first thing that comes to my mind is how am I going to keep these from the birds?! I’m going to have to investigate this further. I’ve tried netting on my blueberries in the past and found birds get stuck in them. Maybe there is a better netting out there somewhere.

With each success, I find there is always a question behind it that requires a little more work………the fun of creating a farm!

More Spring Snow!

Snow and Deer

More snow! How long is this going to last? It’s supposed to continue for another few days. The apple blossoms are partially open. Let’s hope they don’t all freeze. If you look close, you can see the deer laying underneath the lilac bushes.

The growing season is rapidly shrinking. Less time means less harvest. We could regain time if the weather cooperates the rest of the season. Here is crossing fingers.

The cold weather transplants are getting too big for the trays. I may have to plant when it gets above freezing, using a row cover to protect them.

Over grown transplants

This is also effecting the building of the run and preparing the beehives for the bees coming in two weeks!
We will be so happy when the weather warms again, but then it will be a race to get things done!

The Apple Trees are Blooming! 

Apple Tree buds

It’s finally feeling like spring! The apple trees are blooming along with the wild blue bells. The lilacs are starting to form flower buds and the garden rows are finally finished! The back section of the garden will be mounded for vine plants. Which reminds me….I need to prune the grapes that grow around the shed.

Crop Rows

Spending the evenings planting more transplants into trays has been relaxing. Tomatoes and peppers filled up their own trays. The list of herbs is long including lavender, rosemary, basil, thyme, oregano, parsley and lemon balm.

Tomorrow will be flowers. The focus is xeriscape flowers to reduce water usage. My top picks are sage and blanket flower.

Looking forward to planting seeds and transplants outside!