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2018 Orchyard report

It was a mixed year in the orchyard.  We had some very warm periods in early spring followed by extended cold snaps and I’m going to blame the low yield mainly on that; very few of the apple trees set … Continue reading

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Book Review: More Was Lost

More Was Lost Perenyi, Eleanor New York Review Books, 2016 edition of 1946 original The book is technically a memoir, but the setting and situation drive it from a basic memoir of a minor author, currently generally unknown, into a … Continue reading

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Wandering the West – Part 7: The Northern California Coast

It was well into the afternoon by the time I was waved through the shack of an agricultural entry station as my “welcome to California experience.” In today’s world, I rank it up there with Oregon’s professional gas pumpers as … Continue reading

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Through the camera – cider pressing

About 20 minutes of cider making activity in 7 pictures….

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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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Goodbye to the Winter Banana

Today was the end for my experience growing Winter Banana apples. The tree itself had recovered from the root washout of several years ago and was growing well despite a bit of a lean, but once again this year there … Continue reading

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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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