Category Archives: apple orchard

Snapshot

Already there is the hint of Fall in the air. The Ginger-golds (my personal favorite) are picked and in the cooler.  The Cortland’s will be ready to pick this week. Already the earliest ones have started to drop.  The Japanese … Continue reading

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2018 Japanese Beetle Plague

They say, I picture is worth a thousand words. Two nights ago, I made a point to check on the peach trees. (We currently have 7)   There were 3 or 4 Japanese beetles on the tree. 3 or 4! Made … Continue reading

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Bee Careful

Your time is valuable so I will try to keep this brief. 😉 Our honeybees  from last year didn’t make it. Some of you already knew. I think it was mites. Because the whole thing is a hobby, and both … Continue reading

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Grounding

Small stand of  rye _______________________ Took this picture Saturday morning, just as the fog was starting to burn off.   I planted some rye late last fall for a cover crop in the garden, decided to let it grow to maturity … Continue reading

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They Are Here

View of my latest adventure…. Honeybees _________________________________ I have to tell you about a recent conversation with my son-in-law Matt  about honeybees.  When he was younger, someone offered his dad, several bee hives full of bees…They hauled them home in … Continue reading

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Ten things to keep in mind when starting a small orchard in Iowa

I met with a young man this afternoon who wants to plant 100 apple trees on his acreage.  I invited him to our property  this afternoon to go over some basics. I knew I could pass onto him in 30 … Continue reading

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My One Weakness

  Farm fresh eggs are my one weakness. (Ever see Larkrise to Candleford?… remember Doras Lane?) Like I was just saying..farm fresh eggs are my one weakness… What’s the point of living on a hundred year old farmstead if you … Continue reading

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