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Of pruning and migrations

Today was dormant orchard pruning day at Rurikia. With over 20 trees it is usually better approached as an off and on activity a tree or two at a time over a few weeks as winter winds down, with each … 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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2012 Apple Harvest

It’s been a pretty miserable year in the orchard; I haven’t yet been able to bring myself to write what I try to think of as an annual summer report. A wet spring led to fireblight and scab outbreaks, nearly … Continue reading

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Orchyard Season in Review

Another growing year is drawing to a close, and it’s time to have a look at the Orchyard’s year. On the face of it, this was not an overly good year. The raccoons made off with all the cherries, the … Continue reading

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July 2010 apple tree scab and fireblight survey

In early July 2010 I noticed some fireblight and spent an afternoon surveying the orchard for general condition of the trees and paid particular attention to the level of scab and fireblight present. Several of the trees had been fairly … Continue reading

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Introduction to Apple Scab and Fireblight

My original plan for orchyard maintenance involved being passively organic by simply not doing anything beyond occasionally pruning. I expected a certain amount of fruit loss due to birds and insects eating the fruit and some drop in tree productivity … Continue reading

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