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Wandering the West – Part 4: Crater Lake

There is something odd about driving uphill to get to a lake. Even more so as you gain elevation over the surrounding land and there is less and less landscape above you. The whole concept of lakes being at the … Continue reading

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2015 Orchard Season in Review

The 2015 orchard season started with a fairly good spring followed by an abnormally wet early summer, then had an extended dry spell as autumn progressed. Insect and disease pressure was moderate and reasonably controlled by occasional spraying. European Apple … Continue reading

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2014 mid-season orchyard report

For the first time in several years the orchyard entered July with plenty of water. The trees and vines are green, the grass is green, and the garden is green (perhaps slightly too green thanks to rampant weed growth!). Unfortunately … Continue reading

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The Rurikia 2013 Season in Review

Preparation for the 2013 season began in late 2012. Having identified the likely culprit in the attacks on young apples to be the European Apple Sawfly, the orchard area was given a dose in October 2012 of approximately 5 million … Continue reading

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The 2013 grape harvest at Rurikia

The results of the 2013 grape harvest at Rurikia, mainly Traminette and Cynthiana. The grapes clearly took a backseat to the apples this year and were very close to fogotten about as the apples came in, so the hornets, yellowjackets, … Continue reading

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Golden Russet – past the breaking point

Years ago the sump pump failed and the basement flooded at Rurikia; a portable pump with a temporary outlet into the driveway was used to pump it dry. Unfortunately the flow routed through the orchard directly to the Golden Russet … Continue reading

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Snowbird

I generally do not set food out for the native inhabitants of Rurika, but when I noticed deer tracks straight through the orchard I decided to set some corn out a little further down their path in hopes that if … Continue reading

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